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


USDA Releases Farm Bill & Legislative Principles

Jan 24, 2018
Secretary Perdue (center) visits
the Brantley farm last Friday
 Ag Secy-Perdue visits Dow-Brantley operation, surrounded by workmen repairing farm equipment
WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue unveiled the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Bill & Legislative Principles for Congress to consider as they craft the Farm Bill and other legislation impacting rural America.  The principles cover a wide array of USDA’s mission areas, including farm production and conservation, trade and foreign agricultural affairs, marketing and regulatory programs, food safety and inspection services, and rural development.

The common themes throughout USDA’s principles document are supporting the U.S. agriculture sector, lessening the burden of regulations, and helping the American people.  Through the principles, USDA offers counsel to Congress and supports legislation that provides a strong safety net for farmers to weather times of reduced prices, ensures that voluntary conservation programs balance farm productivity with conservation benefits, and helps open foreign markets for U.S. agriculture products.

“These USDA principles are complimentary to USA Rice priorities for the Farm Bill,” said Ben Mosely, USA Rice vice president of government affairs.  “We’re encouraged that Secretary Perdue has offered assistance in a way that provides Congress with the flexibility needed to put together legislation that works for all of the stakeholders, and we look forward to continuing the partnership we have with Congress and USDA to ensure that the final package works for rice farmers and agriculture as a whole.”

Congress will have to pass a new Farm Bill or extend the current bill by September 30 when the current legislation expires.