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 Participates in Cancer Prevention Month

Feb 01, 2018
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ARLINGTON, VA -- February 1 marks the start of Cancer Prevention Month and in that spirit USA Rice has partnered with the American Institute of Cancer Research (AICR) to support their month-long awareness campaign and share the message of prevention.  

Throughout the month, USA Rice will share information across social media platforms using the hashtag #cancerprevention with the hope of engaging and empowering Americans to take daily lifestyle steps to lower cancer risks.  USA Rice joins thirty-six other organizational partners in support of AICR’s initiative.

“We support every aspect of this awareness campaign,” said Michael Klein, USA Rice vice president of marketing and communications.  “Research shows that rice and whole grain consumption can play a critical role in maintaining a healthy weight and diet, both of which help to decrease individuals’ cancer risks.  USA Rice’s research and information combined with all of the campaign partners’ resources will make this a truly impactful and informative campaign.”

“We are so pleased to have USA Rice join us as a partner in this effort,” said Deirdre McGinley-Gieser, AICR senior vice president of programs and strategic.  “Nutrition and food based partners add another dimension to this campaign, serving as both a resource of information to our network and also increasing the distribution of AICR prevention messaging.”

For more information about the Cancer Prevention Month awareness campaign and to view all of the AICR campaign partners, visit and be sure to use #cancerprevention for your relevant social media posts this month.