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

  • 50kg bag of USA fortified rice Fortified Rice Now Used in 25 Countries

    Dec 05, 2019

    The 2019 fiscal year (that ended on September 30) was a stellar year for rice in food aid, with coverage expanding to 25 countries. Nearly 80,000 MT of U.S. rice was used in global food assistance programs, with fortified rice making up around 30 percent of the total. Full story
  • Woman with dark hair and back to camera talks with older white man with mustache wearing business suit USA Rice Rubs Elbows at Ag Trade Promotion Workshop

    Nov 22, 2019

    This week, USA Rice and nearly 100 other agricultural trade associations met here for the U.S Agricultural Export Development Council (USAEDC) Annual Workshop. USAEDC is a non-profit, private sector trade association that represents the organizations, including USA Rice, that receive funding from USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) for promotion of agricultural products overseas. Full story
  • People gather at a trade show booth, standing around a table filled with rice bowls and pamphlets USA Rice Exhibits at the Food & Hospitality China (FHC) Trade Show

    Nov 21, 2019

    Using Agricultural Trade Promotion (ATP) funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS,) USA Rice recently exhibited at one of the largest food shows in China focused on the hotel, restaurant, and institutional and hospitality sectors. Full story