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

Domestic Usage Report: Specialty Rice Shipments Up 35 Percent

Feb 09, 2018
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WASHINGTON, DC – USA Rice released the annual U.S. Rice Domestic Usage Report today, tracking shipments and consumption of U.S. milled rice from August 2015 to July 2016. According to the report, U.S. rice mills shipped 112.1 million cwt of rice to domestic and foreign markets, an increase of 6 percent from one year earlier.

Gary Reifeiss, of Producers Rice Mill and chairman of the USA Rice Domestic Usage Report Subcommittee, shared his optimism about this report.  “While total rice production was down in the period covered, rice imports have also decreased by 2.1 percent due in large part to declining purchases from Thailand, and the percentage of domestic rice in the U.S. market share remained steady at 81 percent.”

Reifeiss also disclosed some of the subcommittee’s priorities for the 2016/2017 report.  “Total specialty rice shipments were up 35 percent this year, with basmati and jasmine accounting for most of that amount.  The subcommittee plans to work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Bureau of the Census to update the method of collecting data for long grain imports.  While the data currently breaks out basmati from overall long grain imports, it does not do so for jasmine, and that would be valuable information to have for the sake of accuracy.”

Overall, the report captures 70.4 million cwt of rice shipped domestically, of which 61 percent is for direct food use and 39 percent for processed foods like pet food, beer, saké, and snacks.

The report is free for USA Rice members who have participated in data collection.  All others can go here to purchase a report for the reduced fee this year of $250 ($500 for non-members).