On February 24, 2010, Wendell Stratton with Stratton Seed in Stuttgart contacted Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center and requested a tour for two BASF employees who were in the Stuttgart area. John Snyder and Nocha Van Thielen, the new BASF rice production manager from Canada, were greeted by Lorie Bernhardt when they arrived for their tour. Lorie gave them an overview of the research conducted at both the Center and the Rice Research Unit in Beaumont, Texas before taking them on a short tour of the facility. Melissa Jia then showed the visitors the genomics laboratory and answered their questions about the core facility..
Pictured above: Nocha Van Thielen and John Snyder