The work that EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs does is essential to ensuring all farmers have the tools they need to protect their crops and proactively manage the risks of pesticide resistance. USA Rice supports the use of sound science to evaluate new and existing crop protection tools and for evaluating whether and under what circumstances, a biological entity is threatened or endangered. 

Being good stewards of the land includes being good stewards of crop protection tools available for controlling damaging weeds, insects, and disease by using a variety of products and crop rotation to prevent resistance. Effective resistance management relies on the availability of crop protection options that give farmers the ability to not overuse a single product. 

Recent News

  • Louisiana Miller Named to USDA Grain Inspection Advisory Committee

    Jul 23, 2018

    John L. Morgan, a vice president of Supreme Rice Mill in Crowley, Louisiana, was named today by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to serve a two-year term on the Federal Grain Inspection Service’s (FGIS) Grain Inspection Advisory Committee beginning July 1, 2018. Full story
  • FDA Decision to Begin Enforcing Milk Definition Could Benefit Rice

    Jul 23, 2018

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced on Tuesday that his agency will be reconsidering the way it enforces the standard of identity (SOI) for milk when it comes to non-dairy beverages. The development has significant implications for other foods engaged in identity battles, notably rice, which has been crying foul on what it calls “rice pretenders” such as riced cauliflower for more than one year. Full story
  • EPA scientists get a lesson in rice production irrigation from California farmer Mike DeWitt  EPA Staff Explores California Rice Country

    Jun 19, 2018

    Last week USA Rice and the California Rice Commission (CRC) hosted five staff from across the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Pesticide Programs to experience rice growing and milling in California firsthand. Full story