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

Louisiana Rice & Crawfish Farm Honored for Stewardship Practices

Mar 05, 2018
TFI's Earl Garber (second from right) shares
data with the Durands
 Durands-Honored-for-4R-Stewardship, standing in field looking a man holding soil charts
ANAHEIM, CA -- What happens when you mix California sunshine, Mickey Mouse, rice, crawfish, and the nation’s largest farmer-led convention and trade show?  You get the Durand family operation from St. Martin Parish, Louisiana, being recognized for their nutrient stewardship at the 2018 Commodity Classic.    

Established in 1996, the Commodity Classic brings exhibitors with many of the world’s leading agribusiness companies together with farmers from around the country to share ideas, innovation, technology, equipment and expertise that can help operations back home.   

For the last seven years at the Commodity Classic, The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) has recognized five pairs of growers and retailer partners that exemplify the use of 4R (Right Source, Right Rate, Right Time, and Right Place) nutrient stewardship practices on their farm to increase production and reduce environmental impact.  

Among those recognized this year were rice and crawfish farming brothers Jeff, CJ, and Greg Durand, and Earl Garber, crop advisor with Sanders, Pinnacle Agriculture from St. Martin, Louisiana.  Throughout the year the 4R Advocates will be part of TFI’s outreach efforts to promote fertilizer management practices by hosting farm field days, participating in conference panels, and speaking on behalf of the 4Rs to their farming peers.

The Durand brothers began raising crawfish with their father in the 1970s and no-till rice was added to the rotation in 1980.  Earl Garber, a producer support specialist, has worked with the team for six years. The Durands now collect soil samples in 2.5-acre grids every three to four years and that data is turned into soil maps with cation exchange capacity (CEC) zones indicating the soil’s ability to hold onto essential nutrients.  Combined with yield monitoring data, tissue sampling, satellite imagery, and crop removal rates, the result is better fertilizer prescriptions for each field, improved soil health, and healthy yields.

“We are excited to be here in southern California and honored to be included in such impressive company with the other four nominated advocates,” said Greg Durand.  “Our family operation is thrilled to partner with TFI in their outreach efforts encouraging adoption of best management practices that will lead to better soil health.”