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

Ag Secretary Perdue Has a Rice Day in Arkansas

Jan 23, 2018
Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue meets the Brantley family. Click here to view the video.
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LITTLE ROCK, AR – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue started off his day in Arkansas last Friday with a roundtable discussion at the Governor’s Mansion, hosted by Governor Asa Hutchinson and attended by Arkansas Agriculture Secretary Wes Ward, State Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, Arkansas Rice Chairman Jeff Rutledge, and representatives from several other ag organizations.

Following the roundtable discussion, Perdue traveled to Brantley Farms near England.  Dow Brantley, former chairman of both USA Rice and Arkansas Rice, gave Perdue a tour of his family’s operation.  He also talked with the Secretary about current regulations imposed on farmers and possible ways to streamline the process to improve efficiency for both the producer and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

"As the top rice producing state, we appreciate Secretary Perdue's time in Arkansas,” said Brantley.  “In addition to touring the farm, we discussed industry priorities including the importance of NAFTA and the development of new markets, namely China.  Secretary Perdue understands the significance of these issues and also conveyed his commitment to reducing the regulatory burdens farmers’ face.  We look forward to continuing our work together to improve the Arkansas rice industry."

Perdue then visited Riceland Foods in Stuttgart where he toured the mill and had a chance to sit down and talk with farmers and employees from Riceland and nearby Producers Rice Mill.  

At the end of the day, Secretary Perdue tweeted, “Always the best way to find out what’s working and what’s not – talk to the producers of American agriculture.”