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

WASDE Report Released

Feb 08, 2018
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WASHINGTON, DC -- The U.S. 2017/18 rice supply and demand estimates are unchanged this month.  The projected season-average farm price for all rice is lowered 10 cents at the midpoint of the range.  The reduction is primarily attributed to lower-than-expected long-grain prices reported by NASS.

Global 2017/18 rice supplies are lowered 1.3 million tons on reduced beginning stocks and lower production.  Total world production is only down fractionally primarily on a smaller Bangladesh crop.  Exports are up 1 million tons to a record 46.8 million.  Export changes are led by a 500,000-ton increase for India and a 300,000-ton increase for Burma.  Imports are raised 800,000 tons for Bangladesh and 500,000 for Indonesia.  Total global use is raised 600,000 tons for 2016/17 but reduced 1 million for 2017/18.  For the 2017/18 marketing year, consumption is lowered 200,000 tons each for Bangladesh, Burma, and India, while it is raised 300,000 for China.  Ending stocks are down 300,000 tons but remain the highest since 2000/01.

Read the full report here.