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

USA Rice Welcomes Jesica Kincaid

Jan 29, 2018
Jesica Kincaid
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ARLINGTON, VA – Jesica Kincaid is joining the USA Rice team as Manager of International Policy. In this role, Jesica will be working on international trade issues and producing reports on the American rice industry, including the Rice Executive, and staffing the World Market Price Subcommittee.

Jesica grew up in Kansas City, went to college at Trinity University in San Antonio, and moved to DC in 2009 to attend grad school at American University where she earned an M.A. in International Affairs.  Jesica really only has one ‘S’ in her name, and her pastimes include cheering on the Kansas City Chiefs, playing volleyball, and planning a return visit to Paris.

Prior to joining USA Rice, Jesica spent five years at the Embassy of Ireland where she worked in agriculture and food trade, trying to get Americans to buy more Irish butter and whiskey.  She is excited to join the USA Rice team and to work with farmers and policymakers to promote U.S. grown rice.