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 Kicks Off Influencer Campaign in Honor of Heart Health Month

Feb 05, 2018
#ThinkRice for a healthy heart
 Heart-shaped rice on red background
ARLINGTON, VA – February marks the start of heart health month and USA Rice has partnered with 12 social media influencers to promote the heart health benefits of U.S.-grown rice.  The variety of influencers range from active lifestyle to healthy living and foodies.

“We are partnering with these influencers, all of whom have large and engaged followings on Instagram to broaden the audience exposed to our messages,” said Michael Klein, USA Rice vice president of domestic promotion.  “It’s important for people to know that research has shown rice eaters have a 34 percent reduced risk for high blood pressure and a 21 percent reduced risk of metabolic syndrome both of which increase one’s risk of heart disease and other heart related issues.”

Each influencer will create a unique Instagram post highlighting a rice recipe accompanied by one recipe image and a recipe video.  The content will also be amplified through each influencer’s blog and additional social media channels as well as through USA Rice’s channels. The featured posts will cover all meals from breakfast to dessert and represent different U.S.-grown rice varieties.

“Instagram is the best platform for this campaign due to its high engagement rate and ability to prompt users into taking action.  We expect to see high traffic on our website and social media channels after consumers see these sponsored posts,” said Klein.  “The goal is to keep U.S.-grown rice on top of the consumer’s mind when taking action for heart health and position USA Rice as both a resource to consumers and nutrition & health professionals.”

The campaign kicked off on February 1 with a recipe for a grilled chicken and veggie rice bowl using U.S-grown brown jasmine rice and one quick recipe video that both included U.S.-grown rice messaging.  

“Stay tuned and follow #ThinkRice on Instagram to stay up to date on the most recent posts from our influencer partners as they promote the heart health benefits of U.S.-grown rice throughout the month,” concluded Klein.  “And if you have a social media account, be sure to share and repost the recipes and videos to help our U.S.-rice messaging reach more people!”