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

Popular Rice Prize Wheel Returns to Farm & Gin Show

Mar 06, 2018
Where there's a wheel, there's a way
 Young boy plays prize wheel trivia at 2018-Gin-Show
MEMPHIS, TN – USA Rice hosted a booth last weekend at the 66th annual Mid-South Farm and Gin Show, providing attendees with information about the U.S. rice industry and activities conducted by USA Rice via games, pamphlets, and giveaways.  The show included ag updates by Carl Brothers, senior vice president and COO of Riceland Foods and USA Rice board member, and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue.

USA Rice staff engaged visitors of all ages with the now-famous Think Rice Wheel, a trivia game that awards correct answers about U.S.-grown rice with prizes such as branded letter openers, and crayons and coloring books.  Contestants compete by spinning the big wheel and answering multiple-choice questions based on a variety of rice topics.  The game is always a hit, particularly with the younger crowd, and staff working the wheel were never short on participants throughout the two-day trade show.

“This year was really successful,” said Jenni Bryant of USA Rice, who staffed the booth both days.  “The wheel really grabbed people’s attention, especially the kids.  But adults got into it too.  I think everybody who played learned something new about rice.”  Bryant also said the foot traffic around the booth was non-stop, and busier than previous years.

“Engagement with both USA Rice members and other show attendees was at an all-time high,” added Mary Jemison, who works at USA Rice’s field office in Louisiana and introduced the trivia wheel to the USA Rice booth several years ago.  “We had a lot of repeat attendees - people who recognized our booth and our brand from previous shows we’ve participated in and went out of their way to find us again.”

Friday’s ag update meeting kicked off with a discussion by Carl Brothers about the outlook for U.S. rice exports and domestic markets, noting that while the U.S. is seventh in the world trade market share, domestic usage is up 92 percent since 1980.

Secretary Perdue addressed the crowd on Saturday and talked about the Farm Bill, trade, regulation, and legislative issues of concern to rice farmers, such as Waters of the United States (WOTUS) and the recent confirmation of Bill Northey as undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service.  He also visited the exhibit hall where he met with attendees and took in the latest farming machinery on display.