Rice farmers make long-term decisions based on many factors, some including uncertain market conditions and adverse weather.  As a tool for making effective and lasting choices with these factors in mind, farmers use risk management provisions provided through the Farm Bill, such as commodity support programs and crop insurance. 

The current Farm Bill provides a modest safety-net for farmers who must contend with depressed prices, increased costs of production, thin margins, and revenue losses due to natural disasters.  As we approach the current farm legislation’s expiration date, the 2018 Farm Bill should be a multi-year re-authorization for a period of not less than five years and fully fund all titles, including the commodity, conservation, trade, and crop insurance titles.

Additionally, Congress should provide for emergency-designated, ad hoc disaster assistance as warranted by natural disasters.

Recent News

  • At a business meeting a man holds up a small, orange package while a woman wearing glasses smiles at him USDA and FDA Weigh In On U.S. Rice Industry Issues

    May 17, 2019

    The USA Rice World Market Price (WMP) Subcommittee held its spring meeting here yesterday to discuss U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports on projected planting intentions and production figures, and to brief FDA on important issues effecting the U.S. rice industry. Full story
  • Two men wearing business suits on left and a woman with a large taupe purse stand shoulder to shoulder in front of American flag USA Rice Meets with Ag Secretary Perdue in Japan

    May 14, 2019

    Earlier this week, the USA Rice representative in Japan, Yumi Kojima, and Steve Vargas of Sun Valley Rice, who serves as vice-chair of the USA Rice International Promotion Committee, had the opportunity to meet with Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue at a reception in Toyko. Full story
  • Four people huddle under building Export Marketing Summit in Arkansas Offers Assistance to Farmers

    May 08, 2019

    Agriculture Trade Promotion (ATP) experts with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) met with Arkansas producers last week to talk about foreign sales of their products and discuss cost-share assistance available to U.S. agricultural exporters through USDA programs. Full story