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

Enhanced Coordination Between USDA and FDA Could Improve Food Safety, Efficient Oversight

Jan 31, 2018
FDA's Scott Gottlieb (left) and USDA's Sonny Perdue (right) sit down together to formalize
agency cooperation agreement
 USDA & FDA sign agreement to bolster coordination, two men seated at table signing document with others standing behind them
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have entered into a formal agreement to make food oversight more efficient and effective, according to an announcement by the two agencies yesterday.  The agreement aims to increase interagency collaboration, streamline inspection responsibilities, eliminate inefficiencies, and improve regulatory clarity and transparency in agriculture and food-processing industries.

“We’re happy to see this relationship formalized,” said Ben Mosely, USA Rice vice president of government affairs.  “Coordination between federal agencies is extremely important because regulators don’t always understand ag issues, and we support efforts to ensure that growers and millers aren't being asked to comply with duplicative rules.  Whether the issue is food safety, rice pretenders, or biotechnology, increased coordination between these two agencies is a good thing for U.S. rice.”

The USDA and FDA already coordinate oversight of the nation’s food supply, as many of their jurisdictions overlap.  The agreement will formalize that cooperation in order to identify areas of redundancy, making regulatory processes such as facility inspections more efficient.  This has the potential to reduce regulatory cost to the industry, and to decrease the number of facilities currently subject to dual regulatory requirements by both the USDA and the FDA.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said on Tuesday, “This agreement not only formalizes this ongoing coordination, but presents a great opportunity to expand those efforts through better integration and increased clarity to the agriculture and food processing sectors.  Our coordination with these sectors plays an integral role in helping to keep our nation’s food supply safe and secure.”

“We at the USDA have a motto: Do Right, and Feed Everyone,” said U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue.  “We believe this joint effort will help us move one step closer to that goal.”