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 Talks Crop Insurance for Organic Rice Farmers, Trade, Conservation, and More at Northeast Louisiana Rice Forum

Feb 12, 2018
USA Rice's Michael Klein
talking crop insurance options
 MK in yellow shirt stands at podium holding white piece of paper, NELA meeting 2018
RAYVILLE, LA – Rayville rice producer and Vice President of the NELA Rice Growers Association Scott Franklin kicked off the Northeast Louisiana Rice Forum here last week by thanking the crowd for coming out to hear research reports from LSU AgCenter personnel and an industry update from USA Rice’s Michael Klein, vice president of communications and domestic promotion.

LSU Rice Breeder Dr. Adam Famosa discussed rice varieties available, including the pending release of a promising new jasmine variety; agronomist Dr. Dustin Harrell shared trend data with a detailed discussion of The ProvisiaTM System; weed scientist Dr. Eric Webster and plant pathologist Dr. Don Groth discussed pressures Louisiana rice is feeling and what steps growers can take to best position themselves for the 2018 growing season; and Dr. Sebe Brown, area entomologist, discussed the best strategies to reduce pest pressure while simultaneously protecting crawfish populations.

Klein shared an update on trade issues of particular interest to Louisiana including the latest on Mexico and the North American Free Trade Agreement, trade with Iraq, Haiti, and rice in food aid.  He also talked about the conservation efforts of USA Rice, who in partnership with Ducks Unlimited, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and other partners has brought more than $60 million in conservation funding to the rice industry - $11 million of which is specifically available for Louisiana rice farmers.

He also screened a video about the state’s Yellow Rails & Rice Festival that showcases the unique relationship between rice, birds, and conservation that was produced in part with a grant from the NRCS, and a video from a local high school student who won Honorable Mention in last years’ National Rice Month Scholarship Video Contest.

Klein wrapped up by discussing a USA Rice program produced in part with a grant from USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) designed to help farmers of organic and traditional rice evaluate crop insurance options and choose the most appropriate product.

“We launched our crop insurance education program at the 2017 Outlook Conference and we are continuing our grower outreach through 2018,” Klein said.  “Our program is designed to help growers mitigate their financial risk, so we are encouraging everyone to take advantage of the information no matter what rice crop they grow.”