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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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

Arkansas Ag Task Force to Issue Voluntary Smoke Management Guidelines

Jan 19, 2018
Stubborn stubble
 Field crop refuse burn with flames in foreground and smoke in background
LITTLE ROCK, AR – The Arkansas Rice Farmers board recently created a task force to develop crop management guidelines to address community concerns about smoke created when farmers burn row crop field refuse each fall.  The task force had their second and final meeting earlier this week where they finalized the Voluntary Smoke Management Guidelines for Agricultural Burning.  

Stakeholders representing the Arkansas Rice Federation, Arkansas Soybean Association, Ag Council of Arkansas, and the Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation are on the task force with representatives from the Arkansas Agriculture Department, Arkansas Forestry Commission, University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, and Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality serving in an advisory capacity.

After approval by their respective boards, the guidelines will become official and made available to the public.

“This is an issue the ag industry as a whole has acknowledged and is working to address collectively,” said Jeff Rutledge, chairman of the Arkansas Rice Federation.  “Field burning is part of a complete crop management strategy and our growers want to ensure the continued quality of the airshed their families and neighbors breathe.”

Stakeholders will spend this coming year educating agriculture burners of the advised steps to take before they begin burning at the end of the next growing season.  Before burning, farmers are encouraged to call (800) 830-8015 to report their crop burn, and to check that conditions are favorable for burning at that time.

Dr. Warren A. Skaug, a pediatrician in Jonesboro, who had noticed an increase in children with respiratory ailments in the fall, worked with the task force to help establish the new guidelines.  “I think the citizens of Northeast Arkansas will be pleased at the work this task force has started,” said Dr. Skaug.  “Their efforts are a step in the right direction and I look forward to watching this initiative progress.”