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

Myriad of Subjects Covered at Annual Grower Meetings in California

Jan 22, 2018
USA Rice President & CEO Betsy Ward
COLUSA & YUBA CITY, CA -- Nearly 200 growers attended last week’s California Rice Commission Annual Grower Meetings getting comprehensive briefings on key issues facing the industry.

California Rice Commission President & CEO Tim Johnson outlined six major issues the Commission is working on, including the Farm Bill, crop protection, Proposition 65, external communications, water quality, and exploring new conservation opportunities to help Winter-Run Chinook Salmon in the Sacramento River.

USA Rice President & CEO Betsy Ward attended the meetings, met with growers, and summarized top priority areas, including expanding overseas trade and conveying important rice issues to Capitol Hill lawmakers.  She also highlighted the critical role California rice leaders play by participating in USA Rice and chairing key subcommittees, committees, and boards that guide the work and priorities of the organization.

“I always enjoy getting out and meeting with growers to hear their issues and ensure that we are communicating effectively with our members,” said Ward.

Attendees were updated on an eventful first year of the Trump Administration from Tyson Redpath of The Russell Group, found out the latest from the State Capitol from Louie Brown at Kahn, Soares and Conway, heard an update on top water issues from Todd Manley of the Northern California Water Association, and were provided a summary on crop insurance from Richard Neves of Gig 7 Crop Insurance Services.