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


Conservation Stewardship Program Applications Available in All Six Rice States

Feb 05, 2018
Five easy steps
 NRCS CSP 5 step sign-up directions on top of photo of red barn
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Rice producers wanting to enhance current conservation efforts are encouraged to apply for a special Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) led by the USA Rice-Ducks Unlimited Rice Stewardship Partnership, the Sustaining the Future of Rice Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).  

“NRCS has updated the program to help producers better evaluate their conservation options and the benefits to their operations and natural resources,” said Josh Hankins, USA Rice director of grower relations and rice stewardship partnership.  “Partnership staff can help producers determine whether they are meeting stewardship thresholds, and allow for customization of practices and enhancements that work for their conservation objectives.  These tools also enable producers to see potential payment scenarios for conservation early in the process.”

Applications must be received by March 2, 2018, to be considered for this funding period.

Eligible counties and parishes include:
Arkansas - Randolph, Clay, Lawrence, Greene, Independence, Craighead, Mississippi, Jackson, Poinsett, Cross, Crittenden, Woodruff, White, Faulkner, Conway, Pope, Saint Francis, Lee, Monroe, Prairie, Lonoke, Pulaski, Phillips, Arkansas, Jefferson, Lincoln, Desha, Drew, Ashley, and Chicot
California – Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Sutter, Tehama, Yolo, and Yuba
Louisiana – Acadia, Allen, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Catahoula, Concordia, East Carroll, Evangeline, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Madison, Morehouse, Rapides, Richland, St. Landry, St. Martin, Vermilion, and West Carroll
Mississippi – Bolivar, Coahoma, Humphreys, Leflore, Quitman, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tunica, and Washington
Missouri – Bollinger, Butler, Dunklin, Pemiscot, Mississippi, New Madrid, and Stoddard
Texas – Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Jackson, Jefferson, Lavaca, Liberty, Matagorda, Waller, and Wharton

Those interested in CSP should contact their local USDA service center or visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/GetStarted.