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

Video Highlights New Rice Stewardship Partner: Nestlé Purina

Jan 25, 2018
Click here to view Rice Country video
Nestlé Purina recently became a supporter of the USA Rice-Ducks Unlimited Rice Stewardship Partnership, which works to keep working ricelands healthy, preserve wetlands, and create habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife.  Rice is a critical dietary staple for billions of people around the world and is also a key ingredient in Nestlé Purina’s pet food recipes.

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Rice Stewardship Partnership, and all of its supporters, including Nestlé Purina, are working with rice producers across the United States to improve water quality and use efficiency, ensure sustainable farming for generations to come, and provide habitat for wetland-dependent wildlife.