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

Northeast Louisianans Gearing Up for 2016 Rice Crop

Feb 03, 2016
SRO at NELA Rice Forum
Picture of crowd at NELA Rice Forum    
RAYVILLE, LA – Yesterday morning the Rayville Civic Center was standing room only as more than 50 rice growers crowded the hall for the Northeast Louisiana Rice Forum.

Attendees heard from a star-studded line up of speakers from the Louisiana State University AgCenter with updates on rice varieties, diseases, fertility, insects, weeds, and the new Price Loss Coverage program.  Speakers included:  Dr. Tara Smith of Winnsboro; Dr. Steve Linscombe of Crowley; Dr. Don Groth of Crowley; Dr. Dustin Harrell of Crowley; Dr. Sebe Brown of Winnsboro; Eric Webster of Baton Rouge; and Dr. Kurt Guidry of Baton Rouge.

USA Rice staff rounded out the presentations with Farm Bill program updates and a legislative and regulatory report from Washington, D.C.

Jason Waller, a Louisiana rice farmer and outgoing president of the Louisiana Rice Growers Association, said, “We’re happy USA Rice has been able to partner with us and participate at our meetings and field days over the years.  It’s important for us to be able to have our state and region’s voices carried to Washington; we’ve seen results that actually make sense for us on the ground level as growers.”

Waller concluded, “The number one issue we want prioritized by the industry is increased exports for rice.  That’s really what’s going to keep us in business and keep us planting rice year after year.”

Following the presentations and a hearty lunch, the Northeast Louisiana Rice Growers Association met and elected Jim Lingo and Scott Franklin as their new president and vice president, respectively.  USA Rice looks forward to working closely with the Association and its new leadership.