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 Meets with Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Feb 22, 2018
 Sushi on white plate with USA Rice logo "Have a Rice Day!"
ARLINGTON, VA – Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, (MAFF) along with representatives from the Embassy of Japan, visited USA Rice yesterday.  As part of a regular visit, the two sides discussed the U.S.-Japan rice trade and reviewed the progress of Japan’s rice imports in the current Japan fiscal year (April-March).  The two sides also discussed prospects for Japan’s remaining import tenders.  

“We welcome the regular visits from MAFF, which provide both sides the opportunity to discuss issues of mutual interest and build on U.S.-Japan rice trade,” said USA Rice COO Bob Cummings.  

The government of Japan is the sole importer of rice under Japan’s market access commitment to members of the World Trade Organization.  To date, Japan has purchased just under 550,000 metric tons of rice, of which 260,000 MT is from the United States.  Japan’s total import commitment each JFY is 682,200 MT (milled basis).