USA Rice Merchants' Association

Representing Rough and Seed Rice Merchandisers and Associates

Founded in 2005, the USA Rice Merchants’ Association is the first organization to bring rice merchandisers and related businesses together in a representative, recognized body.  Merchants are an important component of the U.S. rice industry, providing a market outlet for thousands of farmers in all six rice-producing states.
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There are currently 27 merchant members and 7 associate members. 

Board of Directors

•  Board members are elected from amongst the merchant members of the association.
•  Board meetings are held in conjunction with USA Rice Federation annual meetings.

Meet the Chairman


Dick Ottis
El Campo, TX

Dick Ottis was born and raised in Wadsworth, Texas, where his family started growing rice around 1915.  After college, Ottis moved to Ganado, Texas, and began his career with Rice Belt Warehouse, Inc. where he has served as president and CEO since 2005.  His involvement with USA Rice includes being chairman of the USA Rice Merchants’ Association as well as a board member of the USA Rice Board of Directors.  “U.S agriculture is constantly changing,” says Ottis.  “I am pleased that my work with USA Rice helps the U.S. rice industry stay on top of its game whether it’s legislation, regulatory issues, or marketing opportunities.”

Recent News

USA Rice Welcomes Jesica Kincaid

Jan 29, 2018
Jesica Kincaid
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ARLINGTON, VA – Jesica Kincaid is joining the USA Rice team as Manager of International Policy. In this role, Jesica will be working on international trade issues and producing reports on the American rice industry, including the Rice Executive, and staffing the World Market Price Subcommittee.

Jesica grew up in Kansas City, went to college at Trinity University in San Antonio, and moved to DC in 2009 to attend grad school at American University where she earned an M.A. in International Affairs.  Jesica really only has one ‘S’ in her name, and her pastimes include cheering on the Kansas City Chiefs, playing volleyball, and planning a return visit to Paris.

Prior to joining USA Rice, Jesica spent five years at the Embassy of Ireland where she worked in agriculture and food trade, trying to get Americans to buy more Irish butter and whiskey.  She is excited to join the USA Rice team and to work with farmers and policymakers to promote U.S. grown rice.