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.
USA Rice_R_rgb_Farmers


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

Farm Policy Critics Gather

Oct 05, 2017
On the farm
 Combine in Rice Field during Harvest
WASHINGTON, DC -- Groups from both sides of the political aisle met yesterday to discuss how they can collectively attack the next Farm Bill when it is introduced.  Representatives from the Heritage Foundation, the Club for Growth, and the American Enterprise Institute held a meeting with groups they frequently are at odds with, including the Environmental Working Group and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, to strategize on farm policy.  It is important to note that farmer groups, nor the public were invited to the meeting (see story below).

The primary issue the disparate groups were able to rally behind was crop insurance, specifically the AFFIRM Act.  This legislation, introduced by Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Representative Ron Kind (D-WI), cuts the funding for crop insurance and requires farmers to disclose the amount of premium subsidies they receive.  Based on a report from Agri-Pulse, the groups were unable to find common ground on a proposal to split the farm bill.

"It is unfortunate the U.S. farmers were not invited to this meeting to weigh in on the issues most important to them," said Frank Leach, USA Rice manager of government affairs.  "Without the input of the agriculture industry, any recommendation from this group will undoubtedly be uninformed and misguided."