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

Louisiana Making a Mark in the Marketplace

Feb 06, 2018
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 Certified Louisiana Logo
BATON ROUGE, LA – Last week, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Commissioner Mike Strain announced a renewed marketing initiative designed to promote Louisiana agriculture products.  The “Certified Louisiana” program features updated logos and product marks for use on products made, grown, manufactured, processed, produced, or substantially transformed in the state.

“People want to know where their food comes from and many want to support local agricultural producers and locally owned businesses,” Strain said.

Louisiana agriculture contributes $3 billion to the state economy, with approximately $300 million coming from rice, including related crawfish operations according to LDAF.

The program features a refreshed website,, and new logos proclaiming products to be “Certified Louisiana,” “Certified Cajun,” “Certified Creole,” and “Certified Farm to Table.”

“Farmers and ranchers all across the country are proud of what they do and how they do it, and nowhere is that more true than here in Louisiana,” said John Owen, a rice farmer in Richland Parrish and chairman of the Louisiana Rice Promotion Board.  “I commend Commissioner Strain for reinvigorating this program and I encourage the eligible Louisiana rice brands to take advantage of this program to help raise awareness for all the good, delicious, safe rice we grow here.”

Brands interested in participating in the program should contact the LDAF for more information.