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

  • Many people walk around USA Rice trade show booth with signage and lots of rice photos USA Rice Awarded $4.5M for 2020 International Promotion Activities

    Nov 18, 2019

    USA Rice has been awarded $4,511,326 in Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) funding from USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) to continue marketing and promoting U.S. rice in more than 20 countries worldwide. Full story
  • Men dressed in football jerseys shake hands in front of large NFL sign Promoting U.S. Rice and American Football Go Hand in Hand

    Nov 13, 2019

    The third annual USA Rice trade mission to Mexico took place here last week with nearly 20 USA Rice and U.S. Rice Producers Association (USRPA) members and staff participating in meetings with local rice millers, importers, and wholesalers. Full story
  • Ag Secy Sonny Perdue & President Trump give thumbs up, standing in front of bright blue curtain and American flag Farmers Receive Relief as Trade Disputes Continue

    Nov 08, 2019

    U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Thursday afternoon that the White House has approved the second round of 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments. This decision comes shortly after President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. and China had reached a “phase one” trade agreement. Full story