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

Ag Secretary Perdue Has a Rice Day in Arkansas

Jan 23, 2018
Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue meets the Brantley family. Click here to view the video.
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LITTLE ROCK, AR – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue started off his day in Arkansas last Friday with a roundtable discussion at the Governor’s Mansion, hosted by Governor Asa Hutchinson and attended by Arkansas Agriculture Secretary Wes Ward, State Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, Arkansas Rice Chairman Jeff Rutledge, and representatives from several other ag organizations.

Following the roundtable discussion, Perdue traveled to Brantley Farms near England.  Dow Brantley, former chairman of both USA Rice and Arkansas Rice, gave Perdue a tour of his family’s operation.  He also talked with the Secretary about current regulations imposed on farmers and possible ways to streamline the process to improve efficiency for both the producer and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

"As the top rice producing state, we appreciate Secretary Perdue's time in Arkansas,” said Brantley.  “In addition to touring the farm, we discussed industry priorities including the importance of NAFTA and the development of new markets, namely China.  Secretary Perdue understands the significance of these issues and also conveyed his commitment to reducing the regulatory burdens farmers’ face.  We look forward to continuing our work together to improve the Arkansas rice industry."

Perdue then visited Riceland Foods in Stuttgart where he toured the mill and had a chance to sit down and talk with farmers and employees from Riceland and nearby Producers Rice Mill.  

At the end of the day, Secretary Perdue tweeted, “Always the best way to find out what’s working and what’s not – talk to the producers of American agriculture.”