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

Study Shows U.S. Outspent and Falling Behind on Ag Export Promotion

Feb 21, 2018
U.S. products on full display
at international trade show
 USA pavilion at international trade show, lots of red, white & blue banners and flags with people milling around information booths about US products
WASHINGTON, DC -- A study by Informa Economics, IEG on the competitiveness of U.S. export development programs in relation to other countries shows the European Union and others spent close to $1 billion on agricultural export promotion in 2016, outspending the United States 4 to 1.  Competitor spending increased 70 percent since 2011, while U.S. export promotion declined by about 12 percent over the same period.  
Though outspent in real dollars, the study found U.S programs may be more effective in promoting exports in some ways.  U.S. programs focus on long-term export goals, allow smaller industries to conduct marketing efforts that could not otherwise occur, include more sectors by seeking out a wider range of commodity involvement, and encourage greater industry participation and collaboration between the government and private sector.

Few cooperators demonstrate this more robustly than the U.S. rice industry that contributes $7 for every $1 received from the Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) export promotion programs.

The effectiveness of the MAP and FMD export promotion programs, coupled with increasing foreign competition, and the effective reduction in program spending over the last several years has led USA Rice and other cooperators to request that funding for the programs be doubled.  
“This was one of our key messages last week during our annual fly-in when more than 100 USA Rice members visited with every Member of the House and Senate agricultural committees,” said USA Rice President & CEO Betsy Ward.  “We touted the successes of the MAP and FMD programs for not only our industry but for all of agriculture and their role in aiding a U.S. agricultural trade surplus of $21.3 billion in FY2017.  The fact that U.S. promotion efforts produce more with less is laudable but, in the end, not sustainable as we face fierce competition in the global marketplace.”