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

Myriad of Subjects Covered at Annual Grower Meetings in California

Jan 22, 2018
USA Rice President & CEO Betsy Ward
COLUSA & YUBA CITY, CA -- Nearly 200 growers attended last week’s California Rice Commission Annual Grower Meetings getting comprehensive briefings on key issues facing the industry.

California Rice Commission President & CEO Tim Johnson outlined six major issues the Commission is working on, including the Farm Bill, crop protection, Proposition 65, external communications, water quality, and exploring new conservation opportunities to help Winter-Run Chinook Salmon in the Sacramento River.

USA Rice President & CEO Betsy Ward attended the meetings, met with growers, and summarized top priority areas, including expanding overseas trade and conveying important rice issues to Capitol Hill lawmakers.  She also highlighted the critical role California rice leaders play by participating in USA Rice and chairing key subcommittees, committees, and boards that guide the work and priorities of the organization.

Ward wrapped up by discussing a USA Rice program produced in part with a grant from USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) designed to help farmers of organic and traditional rice evaluate crop insurance options and choose the most appropriate product.

“I always enjoy getting out and meeting with growers to hear their issues and ensure that we are communicating effectively with our members,” said Ward.

Attendees were updated on an eventful first year of the Trump Administration from Tyson Redpath of The Russell Group, found out the latest from the State Capitol from Louie Brown at Kahn, Soares and Conway, heard an update on top water issues from Todd Manley of the Northern California Water Association, and were provided a summary on crop insurance from Richard Neves of Gig 7 Crop Insurance Services.