The 32nd Rice Technical Working Group (RTWG) meeting will be held Feb. 18-21, 2008, at the Westin San Diego in San Diego, Calif. The RTWG, which has met biennially since 1960, brings together those involved in every aspect of rice production — growers, scientists, Extension personnel, government officials, and industry representatives. The objective of the RTWG meeting is to share information, coordinate research and join efforts to find solutions for the rice industry's most important problems.

The program includes a half-day symposium, a poster session, committee meetings, and six technical sessions on the following topics: rice culture; breeding and genetics; economics and marketing; plant protection; processing, storage and quality; rice weed control; and growth regulation.

Featured speakers include John Sheehy, International Rice Research Institute; Will Horwath, Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, UC Davis; Scott Rozelle, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University; Mark Rosegrant, International Food Policy Institute; George Soares, Legal Counsel, Governmental Affairs; Reece Langley, Senior Director, USA Rice Federation; and Tim Johnson, CEO, California Rice Commission. To find more information and to register go to the RTWG Web site: http://www.plantsciences.ucdavis.edu/rtwg or contact Janice Corner at 530-752-7091 (jecorner@ucdavis.edu) or Cass Mutters at 530-538-7200 (rgmutters@ucdavis.edu).