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 Team Effort Has Impact on Capitol Hill

Feb 16, 2018
House Ag Committee Ranking Member
Rep. Collin Peterson meets with USA Rice members
WASHINGTON, DC – This week, 100 members of USA Rice representing all six rice-producing states gathered in the nation’s capital to meet with legislators and administration officials for the annual Government Affairs Conference (GAC).  For two days, USA Rice members met with Congressional leaders to discuss the Farm Bill and other priorities for the rice industry, breaking with tradition by including visits to members of Congress outside of rice-producing areas.

This year, the conference had an ambitious goal of meeting with every member of Congress who sits on the House and Senate Agriculture Committees and leaders of committees addressing key trade issues.

By the time the conference was over on Thursday, USA Rice members had visited close to 100 different offices to educate legislators and their staff about farm policy and trade issues directly affecting the industry.

“This was a unique opportunity for us to meet with members of Congress who otherwise might not have much exposure to the rice industry,” said Joe Mencer, chair of the USA Rice Government Affairs Committee.  “It’s important for them as members of the House and Senate Ag Committees to hear our concerns and understand our priorities, but also find common ground in their priorities like nutrition policy.”

The groups of delegates this year were also mixed rather than organized by state, as they had been in the past, giving members from different areas a chance to work together and speak to congressional leaders about their common priorities and unique challenges.

Members also attended a session on pesticide regulations with more than 100 staff members at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and met with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to discuss conservation priorities and the success of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).

Delegations met with staff from the U.S. Agency on International Development (USAID) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to talk about USA Rice’s ongoing involvement in fortified rice for food aid and with the Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS) where discussions centered around USA Rice’s various international promotion programs.  Additionally, a team focused on trade met with staff from the U.S. Trade Representative and USDA to discuss market challenges, and the 2016 Rice Leadership Development class visited with Colombian Ambassador Camilo Reyes to discuss the vital trade between our two countries.

“This week opened many doors and laid a foundation for strengthening relationships with key policy makers on Capitol Hill,” said USA Rice Vice President Government Affairs Ben Mosely. “With a Farm Bill on the horizon and NAFTA on the block for renegotiations, these conversations came at a critical point.  Members definitely left a strong impression and created new advocates in Congress.”