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

Head to the Rice Aisle at the 2018 North Louisiana Ag Expo

Jan 24, 2018
Passing the rice trivia test with flying colors
 Young girl at trade show booth holds one-lb bag of rice & coloring book
MONROE, LA -- This past weekend, the Louisiana Rice Council, along with USA Rice and the North East Louisiana Rice Growers Association (NELA) attended the 2018 North Louisiana Ag Expo here.  Held each year at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center, this event welcomes several thousand visitors to experience all things agriculture, including the Ag Alley Mini Farm, educational seminars, a junior livestock show, and a trade show.

Louisiana Rice Council President Eric Unkel, along with growers Jimmy Hoppe, Charles Precht, and Kent Brown, greeted visitors over the two-day event with USA Rice staff lending a hand to keep up with the crowds.

The “rice aisle” is one of the more popular spots in the trade show as many folks start at the NELA Rice Growers booth where they are treated to a cup of red beans and rice, and then proceed to the Rice Council booth to meet the “Rice Men and Lady” that includes USA Rice’s Mary Jemison.

Young and old alike spend a few minutes visiting, gathering the latest recipe brochures, registering for the hourly door prize drawing, and of course, getting a one-pound bag of Louisiana-grown rice after answering a quick trivia question about rice.  That one, simple question makes a lasting impression as many repeat visitors can tell you the question they had the year before.  

As they move on to the next booth, you hear the ”thank you’s,” and “we’ll see you next year,” as they place the rice in their tote bags.  And for the Rice Men and Lady, they know everyone walks away with THINK RICE on their mind!