USA Rice Food Aid Subcommittee Names New Chairman

Sep 27, 2016
Bobby Hanks at the Sara Moulton party
on Randy Thibodeaux's farm
ARLINGTON, VA -- As a member driven organization, USA Rice has more than 40 boards, committees, and subcommittees to address the myriad issues that face the U.S. rice industry.  An area of continued interest is food aid, which comprises about 3-5 percent of U.S. exports.  USA Rice is proud to announce a new chairman to USA Rice’s Food Aid subcommittee, Bobby Hanks.  Hanks is president of Louisiana Rice Mill which he helped co-found in 1999.  

“Bobby has great institutional knowledge of food aid issues for rice and will help this subcommittee push for greater utilization of rice in U.S. government food assistance programs,” said Hugh Maginnis, USA Rice vice president of International.  

“The introduction of fortified rice is a real game changer for the U.S. rice industry and we have the potential to increase our exports in this area,” said USA Rice President & CEO Betsy Ward.  “There are many legislative and administrative hurdles that we will face in the coming months and years but I am confident that we as an industry will be successful with Bobby at the helm, because we have an excellent product and rice is the most consumed commodity in the world.”

USA Rice will be exhibiting at the upcoming USDA/USAID International Food Security Conference, October 10-11 in Des Moines, Iowa where information will be distributed to attendees and fortified rice samples will be available for view.

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