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

  • Water gushes from pump onto green rice field, blue sky & puffy white clouds Sign-Ups for Conservation Stewardship Program Projects Now Open

    May 31, 2019

    Three Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) sign-ups are now open to rice producers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Texas. The deadline to apply for all three projects is June 28, 2019. Full story
  • Hand holds $5 with President Rice Deemed Eligible Commodity for Market Facilitation Program Payments

    May 23, 2019

    Today, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue announced $16 billion in additional aid is being allocated to programs supporting farmers who have been impacted by retaliatory tariffs and the ongoing trade disputes. Rice had been excluded from a similar program last year, but was considered an impacted commodity this time around and rice growers will receive relief. Full story
  • At a business meeting a man holds up a small, orange package while a woman wearing glasses smiles at him USDA and FDA Weigh In On U.S. Rice Industry Issues

    May 17, 2019

    The USA Rice World Market Price (WMP) Subcommittee held its spring meeting here yesterday to discuss U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports on projected planting intentions and production figures, and to brief FDA on important issues effecting the U.S. rice industry. Full story