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

  • Text "Conservation Stewardship Program" superimposed over photo of green grass field next to dirt road next to field of brown stalks USDA Allowing Some One-Year CSP Extensions

    Mar 22, 2019

    Farmers with expiring Conservation Stewardship Program contracts are being notified that they can sign up for an additional year of payments. Eligible contract holders should get a letter from the Natural Resources Conservation Service by April 8. Full story
  • 2019 GAC, Jason Hafemeister stands at podium next to screen with text "NAFTA and Public Opinion" Out of Trade Conflicts Hafemeister Sees Opportunity

    Feb 14, 2019

    One would be hard-pressed to find a bigger supporter of U.S. agriculture than USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue. His Trade Counsel, Jason Hafemeister, is probably the biggest booster for ag trade, and last week in remarks to USA Rice’s Government Affairs Conference here he explained why. Full story
  • Two combines in field at sunset, orange sky Thank You for Your Service

    Feb 08, 2019

    This week during the annual Government Affairs Conference, USA Rice presented Skylar Sowder and Trevor White with the USA Rice Congressional Staff Award in appreciation for their contributions to the U.S. rice industry. Full story