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Beebe to speak at Rice Expo

STUTTGART — Gov. Mike Beebe will deliver a keynote titled “What’s right with Arkansas,” at the outside-in 2012 Arkansas Rice Expo on Aug. 3. The expo will be at the Grand Prairie Center at Phillips Co. Community College in Stuttgart.

The second annual expo opens at 8 a.m., winding up with a free catfish lunch cooked by the Yoder Ruritan beginning at 12:20 p.m. “We’re looking forward to hosting the first-ever outside-in field day,” said Chuck Wilson, director of the Arkansas Rice Research and Extension Center. “We will have our traditional field day plot tours, but the rest of the activities will be inside the Grand Prairie Center.”

Last year’s Rice Expo drew more than 1,000 people despite 100-degree temperatures.