ARLINGTON, VA – This month the USA Rice Millers’ Association (RMA) welcomed a new Mill Member, Martin Rice Company of Bernie, Missouri, and a new associate member, Liberty, Missouri-based Douglas Products.
The Martin Rice Company began on the farm and moved into milling more recently.
“Our family started farming here in the 1940s on 160 acres and only got into milling in the last 16 years,” said Mike Martin, co-owner with his brothers Tim and David, and grandson of the founders. “For a long time we considered ourselves farmers first and millers second, but given our growth over the years, I figured it was time to join the RMA.”
The family farms more than 7,000 acres today and operates the northernmost rice mill in the southern U.S.
“We are looking forward to learning from others in the industry and sharing our experiences,” Martin added. “That’s a key benefit of an organization like RMA, in addition to having a united voice on issues of public policy whether they are on trade or nutrition. I’m looking forward to becoming an active member of the organization.”
Douglas Products is a leading provider of brands and services for production agriculture and structural pest control markets. Commodity solutions the company offers include ProFume® and PH3. The company is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.
RMA is one of the oldest agribusiness organizations in the United States and traces its roots back to 1899.