USA Rice Council

Promoting U.S.-Grown Rice at Home and Around the World

Established in 1957, the USA Rice Council brings rice farmers, dues-paying mills, and other industry members together to steer the course for domestic and international promotion.  International programs are supported in more than 20 countries and implemented through USA Rice, that leverages additional industry dollars and the support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service.  Domestic programs are designed to speed acceptance of U.S.-grown rice and tell rice’s good nutritional, economic, conservation, and sustainability story.
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Membership


Rice state promotion organizations and dues-paying mills that elect to send promotion funds to the USA Rice Council are members and allotted seats on the Board.

Board of Directors


•  The Board of Directors currently consists of forty-five directors (36 farmers and 9 millers)
      •  Number of farmer directors per state is based on a 3-year average of that state's dues.  Each rice farmer state organization selects directors to represent that state.
      •  Miller representation is also based on financial contribution.  Each contributing mill selects directors to represent that mill.
•  The members are elected to serve for a one-year term (the Chairman serves a two-year term).  
•  Meetings are held in conjunction with USA Rice Federation annual meetings.


Meet the Chairman


Marvin Cochran Presenting to Students

Marvin Cochran
Avon, MS

A third-generation farmer, Marvin Cochran grows 1,800 acres of long grain rice on the same Mississippi land on which his grandparents farmed in the 1960s.  He is a graduate of the Rice Leadership Development Program and has served on numerous rice organizations at the state and national level.  In addition to serving as the USA Rice Council Chairman, Cochran also serves on the Mississippi Rice Council, the USA Rice Farmers Board, and the USA Rice Board.



USA Rice Recent News


Rice Stewardship Grows Working Lands Conservation in Louisiana and Texas

Jan 08, 2018
Habitat for Animalia
(photo by David Larson)
 Geese feeding in-Louisiana rice-field
WASHINGTON, DC – Two new Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) proposals submitted by the Rice Stewardship Partnership have been approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) awarding nearly $6 million for conservation of water and habitat in ricelands in Texas and Louisiana.  

“We are thrilled with the good news and excited about growing our working lands conservation portfolio in Louisiana and Texas,” said Josh Hankins, USA Rice Stewardship Partnership Coordinator.  “These two states provide critically important habitat for waterfowl in the Gulf Coast and the Mississippi Alluvial Valley.”   

The Cultivating Water Conservation on Working Lands project will restore cypress-tupelo brakes in seven parishes in Louisiana.  By restoring brakes on working agricultural lands to capture surface water and storm runoff, farmers can improve water quality and improve habitat for wildlife while reducing pumping costs and groundwater use.  This project will be supported with $450,000 in RCPP funding.

The Gulf Coast Water and Wildlife Conservation project will help rice producers in Louisiana and Texas conserve natural resources while having long-term positive impacts on their bottom line.  Project partners will assist NRCS and Texas River Authorities in Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts and address water quantity and habitat concerns in the Gulf Coast.  It will be supported with $5.43 million in RCPP funding.  

“These are funds that would be going to another part of the country had our Rice Stewardship Partnership not successfully advocated for them,” said Hankins.  “If you grow rice in these parishes or counties, it is worth your time to learn more about these program offerings, because they are designed for your needs."  

Sign-up periods for participation in the two RCPP projects have not been announced.  For more information, contact Josh Hankins or your local NRCS office.

Established in the 2014 Farm Bill, the RCPP competitively awards funds to conservation projects designed and delivered by innovative partnerships like the Rice Stewardship Partnership, a collaboration between USA Rice, Ducks Unlimited (DU), and other organizations, willing to invest money, labor, and materials on initiatives to expand voluntary, private lands conservation.  
 
“RCPP enables us to work side by side with rice producers, NRCS field offices, Soil & Water Conservation Districts, River Authoritie,s and supply-chain partners to accelerate conservation efforts and achieve measurable progress,” said DU Director of Conservation Innovation Dr. Scott Manley.  “NRCS has demonstrated admirable vision and tangible results through this program, and we look forward to continued positive outcomes for valuable natural resources such as water, soil, and wildlife.”