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

USA Rice Welcomes Jesica Kincaid

Jan 29, 2018
Jesica Kincaid
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ARLINGTON, VA – Jesica Kincaid is joining the USA Rice team as Manager of International Policy. In this role, Jesica will be working on international trade issues and producing reports on the American rice industry, including the Rice Executive, and staffing the World Market Price Subcommittee.

Jesica grew up in Kansas City, went to college at Trinity University in San Antonio, and moved to DC in 2009 to attend grad school at American University where she earned an M.A. in International Affairs.  Jesica really only has one ‘S’ in her name, and her pastimes include cheering on the Kansas City Chiefs, playing volleyball, and planning a return visit to Paris.

Prior to joining USA Rice, Jesica spent five years at the Embassy of Ireland where she worked in agriculture and food trade, trying to get Americans to buy more Irish butter and whiskey.  She is excited to join the USA Rice team and to work with farmers and policymakers to promote U.S. grown rice.