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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Membership


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

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


Focus on the Farmer

Feb 26, 2018
Get to know Arkansas rice farmer Ryan Sullivan
 Ryan-Sullivan, head shot
ARLINGTON, VA – As Nobel Prize winner Ralph Bunche said, “If you want to get an idea across, wrap it up in a person.”  Following that lead, USA Rice is introducing a new feature today to bring attention to the folks who help put U.S.-grown rice on America’s plates - and to let them tell the real story of food production in their own words.

The week-long series, called Focus on the Farmer, starts today on Facebook and introduces Arkansas rice farmer Ryan Sullivan talking about why he farms, the challenges he faces competing in today’s global marketplace, and how he and his family are making a difference for the environment.  

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