USA Rice Millers' Association

Representing the U.S. Rice Milling Industry Since 1899

Founded in 1899, the USA Rice Millers' Association (RMA) is one of the oldest agribusiness trade organizations in America.  RMA membership encompasses virtually all of U.S. rice milling capacity, including farmer-owned cooperatives and privately owned mills, with mill members in Arkansas, California, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Texas.  Associate members located in the U.S. and around the world,  include end users, exporters, shippers, and other businesses allied with the rice trade.

RMA membership supports government affairs work as well as international market access and trade policy work.
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There are currently 29 mill members and 35 associate members including traders, exporters, brokers, end users, and allied businesses. 

Board of Directors

•  Each mill member names one director to the board.  
•  The RMA holds its annual convention in June.  RMA Board meetings are held in conjunction with USA Rice Federation annual meetings.

Meet the Chairman

Balafoutis, Alex

Alex Balafoutis

Alex Balafoutis, vice president of sales for the Rice Business Unit at PGP International, a company specializing in extruded products located in Woodland, California, was elected chairman of the USA Rice Millers’ Association at their annual meeting last June.  Alex has been involved with the rice industry for more than thirty years and during that time has served on numerous USA Rice committees and boards including the International Promotion Committee, the Sustainability Committee, the Trade Policy Committee, and the Japan and Taiwan technical working groups among others. 

Recent News

Arkansas Ag Task Force to Issue Voluntary Smoke Management Guidelines

Jan 19, 2018
Stubborn stubble
 Field crop refuse burn with flames in foreground and smoke in background
LITTLE ROCK, AR – The Arkansas Rice Farmers board recently created a task force to develop crop management guidelines to address community concerns about smoke created when farmers burn row crop field refuse each fall.  The task force had their second and final meeting earlier this week where they finalized the Voluntary Smoke Management Guidelines for Agricultural Burning.  

Stakeholders representing the Arkansas Rice Federation, Arkansas Soybean Association, Ag Council of Arkansas, and the Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation are on the task force with representatives from the Arkansas Agriculture Department, Arkansas Forestry Commission, University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, and Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality serving in an advisory capacity.

After approval by their respective boards, the guidelines will become official and made available to the public.

“This is an issue the ag industry as a whole has acknowledged and is working to address collectively,” said Jeff Rutledge, chairman of the Arkansas Rice Federation.  “Field burning is part of a complete crop management strategy and our growers want to ensure the continued quality of the airshed their families and neighbors breathe.”

Stakeholders will spend this coming year educating agriculture burners of the advised steps to take before they begin burning at the end of the next growing season.  Before burning, farmers are encouraged to call (800) 830-8015 to report their crop burn, and to check that conditions are favorable for burning at that time.

Dr. Warren A. Skaug, a pediatrician in Jonesboro, who had noticed an increase in children with respiratory ailments in the fall, worked with the task force to help establish the new guidelines.  “I think the citizens of Northeast Arkansas will be pleased at the work this task force has started,” said Dr. Skaug.  “Their efforts are a step in the right direction and I look forward to watching this initiative progress.”