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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Membership


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
Woodland,CA

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


USDA Releases Farm Bill & Legislative Principles

Jan 24, 2018
Secretary Perdue (center) visits
the Brantley farm last Friday
 Ag Secy-Perdue visits Dow-Brantley operation, surrounded by workmen repairing farm equipment
WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue unveiled the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Bill & Legislative Principles for Congress to consider as they craft the Farm Bill and other legislation impacting rural America.  The principles cover a wide array of USDA’s mission areas, including farm production and conservation, trade and foreign agricultural affairs, marketing and regulatory programs, food safety and inspection services, and rural development.

The common themes throughout USDA’s principles document are supporting the U.S. agriculture sector, lessening the burden of regulations, and helping the American people.  Through the principles, USDA offers counsel to Congress and supports legislation that provides a strong safety net for farmers to weather times of reduced prices, ensures that voluntary conservation programs balance farm productivity with conservation benefits, and helps open foreign markets for U.S. agriculture products.

“These USDA principles are complimentary to USA Rice priorities for the Farm Bill,” said Ben Mosely, USA Rice vice president of government affairs.  “We’re encouraged that Secretary Perdue has offered assistance in a way that provides Congress with the flexibility needed to put together legislation that works for all of the stakeholders, and we look forward to continuing the partnership we have with Congress and USDA to ensure that the final package works for rice farmers and agriculture as a whole.”

Congress will have to pass a new Farm Bill or extend the current bill by September 30 when the current legislation expires.