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

Undersecretary McKinney Visits USA Rice Booth at Gulfood Show

Feb 23, 2018
Enjoying the best (from left): Schmidt, McKinney,
and Seifarth
 Undersecretary McKinney at USA Rice booth at Gulfood Show 2018, three men standing together talking in exhibit hall
DUBAI, UAE – Undersecretary of Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney attended this year’s Gulfood Show here and spent time at the USA Rice booth together with the local U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Ag Service (FAS) Counselor Kurt Seifarth.  USA Rice’s Hartwig Schmidt briefed them about the organization‘s promotional activities in the Middle East and European region.

The Gulfood Show is the world's largest annual food and beverage show with 5,000 exhibitors from 185 countries from all over the world, and USA Rice has been here all week, showcasing different U.S. rice varieties, information materials and brochures, and collecting trade leads.

“This is certainly one of the most important trade shows we attend,” said Schmidt.  “It was great to have so many USA Rice members here for the past five days to meet with importers in the region.  Additionally, it was crucial for our new Undersecretary to see the vibrant trade relations and how well U.S. products are viewed in the region.”

USA Rice members manned the organization’s booth, providing opportunity to establish new trade contacts among the estimated 97,000 visitors this year, as well as meet up with existing trade partners.

The show ended yesterday.  Trade leads will be made available for interested members.