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

CSP Sign-Up Deadlines This Friday

Feb 27, 2018
Don't squander the opportunity
 Two men standing near a white pick-up truck with the NRCS logo on the door, one holds a piece of paper and the other is pointing to it
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- The deadline to apply for the Sustaining the Future of Rice Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is this Friday, March 2.  This program is available for rice producers in Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Texas.  Go here for more information.

A second separate and concurrent CSP sign-up is currently available for rice producers in Texas.  This sign-up is part of the Lower Colorado River Authority’s Prairie Conservation Reservoir Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) which is supported by the USA Rice-Ducks Unlimited Rice Stewardship Partnership.

Producers should note that they will have to choose which program to apply for, and that they can only apply for one.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) CSP special project assists landowners and rice producers who voluntarily implement conservation and management practices that aim to improve irrigation water management, control sediment and nutrient runoff, and provide waterfowl habitat on rice production lands.  

“NRCS has updated the program to help producers better evaluate their conservation options and the benefits to their operations and natural resources,” said Texas Rice Stewardship Coordinator Kirby Brown.  “Partnership staff can help producers see up front why they are or are not meeting stewardship thresholds, and allow them to pick practices and enhancements that work for their conservation objectives.  These tools also enable producers to see potential payment scenarios for conservation early in the process.”

This special RCPP CSP project area includes rice production acreage in 12 counties, including Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Jackson, Jefferson, Lavaca, Liberty, Matagorda, Waller, and Wharton.  A special emphasis is placed on Colorado, Wharton, and Matagorda counties.

This project allots 35,000 acres of CSP in 2018 specifically to Texas rice growers, however, applications must be received by NRCS Field Offices by March 2, 2018 to be considered.

Producers interested in CSP are encouraged to contact their local USDA service center or visit  For more help, contact Texas Rice Stewardship staff Kirby Brown at (210) 213-2805 or, and Dennis Neuman at (512) 373-5736 or