USA Rice Farmers

The Rice Farmers’ Advocate

The USA Rice Farmers (formally USA Rice Producers' Group) is composed entirely of rice farmers from Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Texas.  This representative body ensures a forum for policy development on issues that affect rice farmers, and a voice for rice farmers to advance and implement activities to address those issues.

USA Rice Farmers (formally U.S. Rice Producers' Group and later USA Rice Producers' Group) is one of three charter members of the USA Rice Federation.
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All U.S. rice farmers are considered members of the USA Rice Farmers through participation by their state organizations.  For more information please contact Jeanette Davis at (703) 236-1447, or

Board of Directors

•  The Board of Directors consists of at least eight ​farmers from each rice state.  
      •  Each rice farmer state organization selects directors to represent that state.
•  The members are elected to serve for a one year term.  
•  Voting is state by state; one vote per state.
•  Meetings are held in conjunction with USA Rice Federation annual meetings​.

Meet the Chairman

Joe Mencer checking rice in field

Joe Mencer
Lake Village, AR

Joe Mencer has been farming rice, cotton, soybeans, and corn in in Chicot County, Arkansas, since 1979.  Mencer also is a managing partner in Dewey Grain Drier that operates a prototype drying system for rice and corn in southeast Arkansas near Yellow Bend Port.  He has served on the Rice Council in Arkansas since 1989, the USA Rice Council since 1993, the USA Rice Farmers Board, and the USA Rice Federation Board. 

Recent News

House Agriculture Subcommittee Addresses Actively Engaged, Crop Insurance

Mar 26, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC -- The House Agriculture Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management met today to discuss current issues in farm bill implementation.  The hearing was well-timed, on the heels of the USA Rice Federation supplying information to the committee about rice priorities and concerns.
Subcommittee Chairman Rick Crawford (R-AR) opened the hearing with an emphasis on the importance of the Farm Bill and the programs it authorizes as well as concerns about the actively engaged proposed rule and margin coverage insurance for rice farmers.
Crawford called newly proposed "actively engaged" regulations "arbitrary and capricious," noting that the regulation "ignores the remarkable diversity and complexity in agriculture today."
The hearing focused more specifically on crop insurance programs including how the Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) applies to rice.
"After years of low participation and recent news that basic revenue protection will not be available this year to rice producers, I hope you will do all you can to ensure that this new margin product works for rice producers, in particular," Crawford said.
USDA Risk Management Agency Administrator Brandon Willis responded with an assurance that his agency is eager to find a solution to price discovery and county coverage issues for rice and will continue to seek input from stakeholders.
Contact:  Lydia Holmes (703) 236-1440