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

  • Blue toolbox with variety of implements: wrenches, brushes, screwdrivers, rulers USA Rice Releases PLC Payment Calculator for 2018 Crop

    Nov 01, 2019

    USA Rice has released an updated Price Loss Coverage (PLC) payment calculator for the 2018 rice crop to help project a farmer’s potential rice PLC payment. Full story
  • Several people use large paddles to stir rice dish in large metal pan Rice: An Essential Ingredient of Sabor USA

    Sep 09, 2019

    This year, 21 cooperators participated in the annual Sabor USA event that brings together USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) cooperators to promote U.S. ag products, including U.S. rice. Full story
  • Several people inspect polypipe irrigation in green rice field Risk Management Agency Does Their Research on Rice

    Aug 22, 2019

    This week, staff from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) toured Arkansas to talk with rice farmers and see irrigation methods like alternate wetting and drying (AWD) and furrow irrigated (or row) rice firsthand. RMA is actively working to provide crop insurance coverage for these two irrigation methods. Full story