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 Kicks Off Influencer Campaign in Honor of Heart Health Month

Feb 05, 2018
#ThinkRice for a healthy heart
 Heart-shaped rice on red background
ARLINGTON, VA – February marks the start of heart health month and USA Rice has partnered with 12 social media influencers to promote the heart health benefits of U.S.-grown rice.  The variety of influencers range from active lifestyle to healthy living and foodies.

“We are partnering with these influencers, all of whom have large and engaged followings on Instagram to broaden the audience exposed to our messages,” said Michael Klein, USA Rice vice president of domestic promotion.  “It’s important for people to know that research has shown rice eaters have a 34 percent reduced risk for high blood pressure and a 21 percent reduced risk of metabolic syndrome both of which increase one’s risk of heart disease and other heart related issues.”

Each influencer will create a unique Instagram post highlighting a rice recipe accompanied by one recipe image and a recipe video.  The content will also be amplified through each influencer’s blog and additional social media channels as well as through USA Rice’s channels. The featured posts will cover all meals from breakfast to dessert and represent different U.S.-grown rice varieties.

“Instagram is the best platform for this campaign due to its high engagement rate and ability to prompt users into taking action.  We expect to see high traffic on our website and social media channels after consumers see these sponsored posts,” said Klein.  “The goal is to keep U.S.-grown rice on top of the consumer’s mind when taking action for heart health and position USA Rice as both a resource to consumers and nutrition & health professionals.”

The campaign kicked off on February 1 with a recipe for a grilled chicken and veggie rice bowl using U.S-grown brown jasmine rice and one quick recipe video that both included U.S.-grown rice messaging.  

“Stay tuned and follow #ThinkRice on Instagram to stay up to date on the most recent posts from our influencer partners as they promote the heart health benefits of U.S.-grown rice throughout the month,” concluded Klein.  “And if you have a social media account, be sure to share and repost the recipes and videos to help our U.S.-rice messaging reach more people!”