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

  • WASDE Report Released

    Sep 12, 2018

    U.S. 2018/19 all rice supplies are raised 3.3 million cwt this month to 275.9 million as higher production more than offsets lower beginning stocks. Full story
  • Clock is Ticking for 2018 Farm Bill

    Sep 07, 2018

    Leaders of the Senate and House Agriculture Committees met several times throughout August to reconcile differences between the two versions of the Farm Bill before the current law expires on September 30, but the most contentious differences still remain, particularly in the commodity, conservation, and nutrition titles. Full story
  • Trade War Relief Coming Into Focus

    Aug 28, 2018

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) yesterday released details on the Administration’s $12 billion trade war mitigation plan intended to provide relief to farmers affected by retaliatory tariffs placed on the agriculture sector by several of our trading partners. Full story