From left: Bob Cummings, José Barón, Elkin Flores, and Lady Gomez
ARLINGTON, VA – Yesterday, USA Rice hosted a meeting with representatives of Fedearroz, the rice producers’ association of Colombia, for the two groups to share the history, mission, and structure of both organizations, and for USA Rice to provide an overview of both Domestic and International Promotion activities.
The visit marks the beginning of a week-long trip for Fedearroz’s Elkin Flores and José Barón, who, along with Lady Gomez of the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, will visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture offices in Washington, and then travel to Arkansas, where they will stop at the rice farm of USA Rice Chairman Dow Brantley, and meet with regional staff from the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) in Little Rock.
"Fedearroz is a key player in Colombia's rice industry and we welcome the opportunity to help the group better understand how USDA estimates rice area and yield in the U.S.,” said Bob Cummings, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of USA Rice who led the meetings. “We hope this will be a fruitful trip for Mr. Elkin and Mr. Baron, and with Colombia jumping from our 51st export markets in 2011, to 3rd in 2015, it is important that we deepen relations there. It was also a good opportunity to follow up after a USA Rice delegation visited Colombia earlier this month.”