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

Scholarship Winner Visits USA Rice

Feb 15, 2018
Ana Little-Sana (center) shares sushi
with USA Rice staff
 People using chopsticks to eat sushi at a restaurant
ARLINGTON, VA – If you’re Ana Little-Saña from San Diego, California, and one of your assignments as a high school senior is to research and apply for five different scholarships, you don’t just google “scholarships,” you google “fun, eclectic, unique, and weird scholarships.”  Because Little-Saña believes in heading down the road less traveled.  If she has a comfort zone, you can bet she’s going to break out of it.  

And the National Rice Month (NRM) Scholarship Video Contest she found online was definitely a departure for this student growing up in the San Diego suburbs who knew nothing about agriculture.  But with a little groundwork and a lot of creativity, Little-Saña produced an award-winning video for last year’s first ever NRM scholarship video contest.  

The money she received from Dow Agro-Sciences helped Little-Saña trade her picture perfect San Diego lifestyle for the more challenging climate and environment of Washington, DC, as she chose to study at George Washington University (GWU), located across the Potomac River from the USA Rice office here.

Little-Saña is in her second semester at GWU where she’s majoring in political science, is a Cisneros Scholar with a commitment to leadership and community service, and currently has an internship at the Truman Center for National Policy.

What little free time Little-Saña has is either spent competing on the GWU intramural water polo team or exploring the many facets of Washington DC.  “Our school doesn’t have a dining hall but we have a meal card that is accepted at a lot of different restaurants around the city,” said Saña.  “I make a point to get out of the geographic comfort zone around GWU and discover new places to eat while checking out unfamiliar parts of town.”

Earlier this week, Little-Saña added to her favorite restaurants list when she made the trek from GWU to USA Rice and shared a sushi lunch with USA Rice staff.  From her research, Little-Saña remembered that most sushi rice consumed in the U.S. is produced in her home state of California.  She also said her mother’s family, who live in Spain, has an affinity for U.S.-grown rice even though Spain has its own rice growing region.  

Another reminder that doing the unexpected and going against the grain runs in the Little-Saña family!