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

USDA Projects Increase in U.S. Rice Production

Feb 23, 2018
What the future holds
 Overhead shot of tractor pulling grain cart in harvested field
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its first projections for major crops for the 2018/19 crop years today, and according to the report, total rice production is forecast at 217.8 million hundred-weight (cwt), up sharply from 178.2 million cwt a year earlier, based on a 17-percent increase in planted acreage to 2.88 million acres.  Higher expected returns for rice at planting compared with alternative crops, primarily corn and soybeans, is responsible for the projected increase in rice area.

For all rice, the average yield is projected at 7,631 pounds per acre, up 2 percent.  Exports are seen at 106 million cwt, a 6 percent increase.

The season-average farm price (SAFP) for long grain rice is projected at $11.20 per cwt, down 50 cents from the 2017/18 midpoint.  Medium and short grain ending stocks are forecast to increase 12 percent to 10.4 million cwt.  The SAFP for all medium and short grain rice is projected at $14.20 per cwt, down 80 cents from the 2017/18 midpoint.

According to the report, “Global trade will continue to be driven by China, which currently accounts for nearly two-thirds of world trade.  Continued demand growth in the rest of Asia and in the Middle East and North Africa region will provide additional support for a rise in global imports.”

“Today’s projections provide an early-season signal of increased acreage and production of rice versus other commodities,” said Keith Glover, CEO of Producers Rice Mill and chairman of the USA Rice World Market Price Subcommittee.  “We look forward to USDA’s Prospective Plantings report on March 28 for the first survey-based indication of farmers’ intentions.”