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

  • Two men wearing long-sleeved button-down shirts meet inside an equipment shed, one on the left gesturing with one hand, one on the right listens intently Rice Industry Reps Reappointed to Critical Trade Advisory Committees

    Jun 28, 2019

    Arkansas rice farmer Dow Brantley reappointed to the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC), and USA Rice COO Bob Cummings reappointed to the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC) for Trade in Grains, Feed, Oilseeds and Planting Seeds. Full story
  • Man wearing ball cap and glasses stands in vibrant green rice field, holding one tiller in his hands USDA Announces Additional Details on MFP and Prevented Planting

    Jun 12, 2019

    On Monday evening, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue clarified existing guidance and provided more details to the 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP) and Prevented Planting crop insurance coverage saying unplanted acres will not be eligible for MFP payments. Full story
  • WASDE Report Released

    Jun 11, 2019

    The outlook for 2019/20 U.S. rice this month is for lower supplies, reduced domestic use and exports, and lower ending stocks. Projected U.S. all rice production is lowered 20.1 million cwt or 9 percent to 198.1 million with all of the decrease in long grain, primarily on a reduction in planted area. Full story