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 Meets with Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Feb 22, 2018
 Sushi on white plate with USA Rice logo "Have a Rice Day!"
ARLINGTON, VA – Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, (MAFF) along with representatives from the Embassy of Japan, visited USA Rice yesterday.  As part of a regular visit, the two sides discussed the U.S.-Japan rice trade and reviewed the progress of Japan’s rice imports in the current Japan fiscal year (April-March).  The two sides also discussed prospects for Japan’s remaining import tenders.  

“We welcome the regular visits from MAFF, which provide both sides the opportunity to discuss issues of mutual interest and build on U.S.-Japan rice trade,” said USA Rice COO Bob Cummings.  

The government of Japan is the sole importer of rice under Japan’s market access commitment to members of the World Trade Organization.  To date, Japan has purchased just under 550,000 metric tons of rice, of which 260,000 MT is from the United States.  Japan’s total import commitment each JFY is 682,200 MT (milled basis).