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

Registered Dietitians Predict Next Nutrition Trends

Jan 25, 2018
 Todays_Dietitian_Infographic-lists top 10 super foods & diet trends
ARLINGTON, VA -- A recent survey of more than 2,050 registered dietitians (RD) revealed the food trends that will dictate consumer choices in 2018, some of which are good news for rice.  The “What’s Trending in Nutrition” survey, conducted by USA Rice consultant Pollock Communications and Today’s Dietitian, shows top trends and superfoods include an increased awareness and commitment to “clean eating” diets and the rise in popularity of ancient grains.

“Commitment to the clean eating trend bodes very well for U.S. rice,” said Paul Galvani, chairman of the USA Rice Domestic Promotion Committee.  “Consumers will be on the lookout for simple ingredients, minimally processed, and whole foods, all of which can be applied to U.S.-grown rice.  Additionally, the continued rise in popularity of ancient grains should be of note, and a positive opportunity for those U.S. rice varieties that qualify as ancient.”

According to the survey, RDs’ top recommendation for Americans to achieve an overall healthy diet is to make small changes, focus on the overall eating pattern (not a single food or nutrient), and make gradual shifts over time.  In addition, nearly 79 percent of respondents reported the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) MyPlate as the gold standard to use as a tool in nutrition education with their patients.

USA Rice is a USDA MyPlate National Strategic Partner and rice remains heavily featured on the MyPlate website.

“Insight that drives consumer purchasing decisions is vital for us as it helps shape our consumer messaging,” said Galvani.  “We are pleased to see that our work promoting U.S.-grown rice as a nutrient rich food that meets MyPlate healthy eating guidelines is not only being heard, but accepted and shared.”