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

WASDE Report Released

Mar 08, 2018
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WASHINGTON, DC -- The 2017/18 U.S. rice supply and use estimates are unchanged relative to last month.  The projected season-average farm price (SAFP) for all rice classes are unchanged at the midpoint.  The SAFP for all rice is $12.50 per cwt at the midpoint of the range of $12.10 to $12.90.

Global 2017/18 rice production is raised to a new record of 486.3 million tons, fractionally surpassing last year’s record.  Almost all of the production increase is for India, where production is raised to 110 million tons, based on the India government updated data for 2017/18.  The increase in India’s production more than offsets a reduction in Sri Lanka, where production is now below average for the second consecutive year.  Global 2017/18 trade is raised to a record 47.3 million tons, mainly on higher exports expected from India with greater exportable supplies.  World ending stocks are projected increasing to 143.1 million tons for 2017/18, which would match the second highest on record.  China now holds over 66 percent of total stocks.

Read the full report here.


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