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

Louisiana Making a Mark in the Marketplace

Feb 06, 2018
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 Certified Louisiana Logo
BATON ROUGE, LA – Last week, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Commissioner Mike Strain announced a renewed marketing initiative designed to promote Louisiana agriculture products.  The “Certified Louisiana” program features updated logos and product marks for use on products made, grown, manufactured, processed, produced, or substantially transformed in the state.

“People want to know where their food comes from and many want to support local agricultural producers and locally owned businesses,” Strain said.

Louisiana agriculture contributes $3 billion to the state economy, with approximately $300 million coming from rice, including related crawfish operations according to LDAF.

The program features a refreshed website,, and new logos proclaiming products to be “Certified Louisiana,” “Certified Cajun,” “Certified Creole,” and “Certified Farm to Table.”

“Farmers and ranchers all across the country are proud of what they do and how they do it, and nowhere is that more true than here in Louisiana,” said John Owen, a rice farmer in Richland Parrish and chairman of the Louisiana Rice Promotion Board.  “I commend Commissioner Strain for reinvigorating this program and I encourage the eligible Louisiana rice brands to take advantage of this program to help raise awareness for all the good, delicious, safe rice we grow here.”

Brands interested in participating in the program should contact the LDAF for more information.