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

Scholarship Winner Visits USA Rice

Feb 15, 2018
Ana Little-Sana (center) shares sushi
with USA Rice staff
 People using chopsticks to eat sushi at a restaurant
ARLINGTON, VA – If you’re Ana Little-Saña from San Diego, California, and one of your assignments as a high school senior is to research and apply for five different scholarships, you don’t just google “scholarships,” you google “fun, eclectic, unique, and weird scholarships.”  Because Little-Saña believes in heading down the road less traveled.  If she has a comfort zone, you can bet she’s going to break out of it.  

And the National Rice Month (NRM) Scholarship Video Contest she found online was definitely a departure for this student growing up in the San Diego suburbs who knew nothing about agriculture.  But with a little groundwork and a lot of creativity, Little-Saña produced an award-winning video for last year’s first ever NRM scholarship video contest.  

The money she received from Dow Agro-Sciences helped Little-Saña trade her picture perfect San Diego lifestyle for the more challenging climate and environment of Washington, DC, as she chose to study at George Washington University (GWU), located across the Potomac River from the USA Rice office here.

Little-Saña is in her second semester at GWU where she’s majoring in political science, is a Cisneros Scholar with a commitment to leadership and community service, and currently has an internship at the Truman Center for National Policy.

What little free time Little-Saña has is either spent competing on the GWU intramural water polo team or exploring the many facets of Washington DC.  “Our school doesn’t have a dining hall but we have a meal card that is accepted at a lot of different restaurants around the city,” said Saña.  “I make a point to get out of the geographic comfort zone around GWU and discover new places to eat while checking out unfamiliar parts of town.”

Earlier this week, Little-Saña added to her favorite restaurants list when she made the trek from GWU to USA Rice and shared a sushi lunch with USA Rice staff.  From her research, Little-Saña remembered that most sushi rice consumed in the U.S. is produced in her home state of California.  She also said her mother’s family, who live in Spain, has an affinity for U.S.-grown rice even though Spain has its own rice growing region.  

Another reminder that doing the unexpected and going against the grain runs in the Little-Saña family!