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

USDA Projects Increase in U.S. Rice Production

Feb 23, 2018
What the future holds
 Overhead shot of tractor pulling grain cart in harvested field
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its first projections for major crops for the 2018/19 crop years today, and according to the report, total rice production is forecast at 217.8 million hundred-weight (cwt), up sharply from 178.2 million cwt a year earlier, based on a 17-percent increase in planted acreage to 2.88 million acres.  Higher expected returns for rice at planting compared with alternative crops, primarily corn and soybeans, is responsible for the projected increase in rice area.

For all rice, the average yield is projected at 7,631 pounds per acre, up 2 percent.  Exports are seen at 106 million cwt, a 6 percent increase.

The season-average farm price (SAFP) for long grain rice is projected at $11.20 per cwt, down 50 cents from the 2017/18 midpoint.  Medium and short grain ending stocks are forecast to increase 12 percent to 10.4 million cwt.  The SAFP for all medium and short grain rice is projected at $14.20 per cwt, down 80 cents from the 2017/18 midpoint.

According to the report, “Global trade will continue to be driven by China, which currently accounts for nearly two-thirds of world trade.  Continued demand growth in the rest of Asia and in the Middle East and North Africa region will provide additional support for a rise in global imports.”

“Today’s projections provide an early-season signal of increased acreage and production of rice versus other commodities,” said Keith Glover, CEO of Producers Rice Mill and chairman of the USA Rice World Market Price Subcommittee.  “We look forward to USDA’s Prospective Plantings report on March 28 for the first survey-based indication of farmers’ intentions.”