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

New Consumer Rice Recipes Don’t Break the Bank

Feb 28, 2018
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ARLINGTON, VA – USA Rice chefs have created five new rice recipes, designed to be affordable to all, that cover multiple meals and incorporate various varieties of U.S.-grown rice types.  The new recipes are designed to work for breakfast, appetizers, side dishes, and main dishes.

“Consumers look for the best use of their money, and while most are aware of the affordability of U.S.-grown rice, the next step to encouraging rice usage for shoppers is to provide easy-to-prepare recipes that emphasize the economics, ” says Michael Klein, USA Rice vice president of marketing and domestic promotion.  “I am excited to have USA Rice offer these recipes as resources for cost-savings but for high-quality, nutritious food, too.”

The new rice recipes include:  breakfast rice burritos, fast-fix meatloaf & roasted carrots, Cajun sausage and rice, Mediterranean rice salad, and an Italian pepperoni rice bake.  The cost of each recipe ranges from $6-$10 and yields four generous servings.
“While these recipes can be enjoyed by all, they’re especially suited for folks on a tight budget, namely students, millennials, and working families,” said Klein.

The five new rice dishes are available to consumers through the ThinkRice online consumer recipe database.