2012/13 Domestic Usage Report Available Today Print E-mail
comm-igb-us-visit-greenville-mill-for-dur-story-small-140711WASHINGTON, DC -- (July 11, 2014) -- The USA Rice Federation Domestic Usage Report (DUR) Subcommittee is pleased to announce the release of the 2012/13 U.S. Rice Domestic Usage Report.  The report covers domestic usage and milling trends over the past year.  

Data covered in the report provides a clear snapshot of the domestic rice milling industry.  The twenty two participating millers represent over 75 percent of the domestic rice industry that milled over 110 million hundredweights of rice in 2012/13.

"The DUR is a valuable decision making tool for businesses interested in trends in the rice industry," said Ken Cox, chairman of the USA Rice DUR Subcommittee. "The report shows volumes milled for specific end users as well as the types of products end users are making out of the milled rice."

The DUR is available for sale through the USA Rice Federation website.  Non-members may purchase the report for $1,000; USA Rice members who did not contribute to the report can pay $500.  There is no charge for the report to contributors to the report and USDA partners.

To purchase the DUR, please visit the USA Rice Online Store.

Photo caption:  It's all in the report.
Arkansas Rice Producer Dow Brantley Elected Chairman of the USA Rice Federation Print E-mail
bw and usarf chairmen-140715DALLAS, TX -- (July 15, 2014) -- The Board of Directors of the USA Rice Federation elected a new chairman during annual meetings here yesterday.

Arkansas rice producer Dow Brantley will assume the two-year post on August 1, taking over for Mark Denman, a Texas rice miller who has been chairman of the group since 2012.

"Dow is going to make a great chairman," Denman said.  "He is an important producer in the number one rice producing state in the country, and has already begun to make his mark on the industry as the chairman of the Arkansas Rice Federation and the Arkansas Rice Farmers and through his service on several USA Rice committees and task groups."

"Mark Denman guided our industry through some trying times -- the farm bill, trade and marketing challenges, and other critical issues," said Brantley.  "He was also at the helm during our recent strategic planning that resulted in a solid viability plan for the industry and the organization.  He served all segments of the industry with distinction, and I'm looking forward to keeping us moving in that right direction."

Brantley operates a large family farm in England, Arkansas and reports about 35 percent of his acreage is in rice.  In addition to serving on several USA and Arkansas Rice committees, Brantley is a graduate of the Rice Leadership Development Program, and is the chairman of the Lonoke County Farm Bureau.

"This is an exciting time for the American rice industry with many challenges and opportunities ahead," said Betsy Ward, president and CEO of USA Rice.  "Chairman Denman was an outstanding leader who turns over a more focused and stronger Federation than he inherited.  We're pleased to continue working with Chairman-elect Brantley as we continue to enhance our organization and take on existing and new challenges on behalf of the entire U.S. industry."

Photo caption: CEO Betsy Ward flanked by outgoing Chairman Mark Denman (l.) and new Chairman Dow Brantley.
Upcoming Rice Field Days: Mark Your Calendar! Print E-mail

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July 17 -- Northeast Louisiana (NELA) Rice Field Day
9:00 a.m. -- Research Plot Tours
Woodsland Plantation
282 Highway 15
Rayville, LA 71269

11:00 a.m. - Program
Rayville Community Center
817 Louisa Street
Rayville, LA 71269
Contact: Keith Collins, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

July 22 - St. Landry Parish Field Day
8:30 a.m.
Charlie Fontenot Farm-Sunland Properties
Palmetto, LA
Contact: Vincent Deshotel, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Photo caption:  Johnny Saichuk gives research report at 2013 NELA Field Day.

Marvin "Butch" Baden Honored with RMA Distinguished Service Award Print E-mail
ms-butch baden honored with distinguished service award-140618LAKE TAHOE, NV -- (June 18, 2014) -- Today, the USA Rice Millers' Association (RMA) named Marvin "Butch" Baden of Producers Rice Mill, Stuttgart, Arkansas, recipient of the RMA Distinguished Service Award, the association's highest honor.   

Baden began his service on the RMA Board in 1982 and served as Chairman in 1992.  He has chaired the Convention Coordinating Committee since 1996.  

"Butch has given 56 years to the U.S. rice industry during which time he has sold, or been responsible for selling, more than 1.3 billion bushels of rough rice here and around the world," said Keith Glover, president and CEO of Producers Rice Mill who made the award announcement. "I can think of no more appropriate award to bestow on Butch than the lifetime achievement award, and on behalf of all the people whose lives he has touched in a positive way, I extend my sincere and heartfelt appreciation and congratulations."

"The RMA Distinguished Service Award is our association's highest honor and a fitting tribute to recognize Butch's dedication and contributions to RMA, the rice milling industry, and the rice industry as a whole," said RMA Chairman Chris Crutchfield who presented the award to Baden.

Baden was caught off guard by the surprise presentation, but true to form, he recovered quickly, expressed his appreciation and told the crowd how lucky he considers himself to have spent his life working in an industry he truly loves.

The RMA Distinguished Service Award honors extraordinary lifetime contributions to the industry and is not awarded each year. The last award was given in 2011.

Baden began working in the rice industry at the age of 17 and held numerous positions, first at Riceland, and at Producers Rice Mill for the past 36 years. His wife of 52 years, Kaye, was on hand for the presentation. Baden has two sons and seven grandchildren, all of whom joined Baden in celebrating this important event.

Photo caption:  Keith Glover honors Butch Baden (r) for 56 years of service to the rice industry.
School Nutrition Magazine Announces Healthy Rice Bowls Contest Print E-mail
The September issue of School Nutrition Magazine (circulation 50,000) features the USA Rice Federation's annual Healthy Rice Bowls Contest for kindergarten through 12th grade (K-2) school menu planners.  The contest began this month to coincide with National Rice Month and the beginning of the new school year.

In a piece with the headline of "Bowl Them Over," the article says, “rice sure is nice, especially for winners of the USA Rice Federation's Healthy Rice Bowls Contest for K-12 school nutrition professionals!”  It also gives details on how to submit entries for creative rice bowls served as a school lunch.

The contest is an opportunity for USA Rice to promote rice usage in schools and feature winning ideas on the organization's Web site.

This year's entry deadline is Nov. 6.  One winner will receive a $250 Visa gift card, an Aroma commercial rice cooker for their school and a 10-cup cooker for home.  Runners-up also will receive rice cookers.

USA Rice works closely with the School Nutrition Association and K-12 menu planners to encourage increased rice offerings in schools. For more contest information and a look at previous winners, visit MenuRice.com.


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