• Chef Competition Gets Creative with Calrose

    Aug 30, 2018

    Last week, USA Rice Vice President for International Sarah Moran attended the sixth annual chef competition here sponsored by USA Rice. The theme of this year’s competition, “new style sushi with U.S. medium grain rice,” required competitors to use Calrose when crafting their creative sushi dishes. Full story
  • Louisiana Legislator Gets Rice Farm Welcome

    Aug 30, 2018

    Last Friday, Representative Mike Johnson (R-LA), who represents Louisiana’s 4th District, traveled here to hold a town hall meeting, the last of several he participated in at his home base last week. Kinder City Hall was standing room only for the event where citizens and public servants talked with Johnson about local, state, and federal issues. Full story
  • USA Rice Attends Grain Trade Conference in Mexico

    Aug 29, 2018

    USA Rice participated in the 25th annual APPAMEX-NAEGA forum held in Nayarit state last weekend. APPAMEX is the sister organization of the North American Export Grain Association (NAEGA) and counts among its membership nearly all of the major grain traders, end-user groups, railroad, and logistic companies in Mexico moving product between the U.S. and Mexico. Full story
  • Trade War Relief Coming Into Focus

    Aug 28, 2018

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) yesterday released details on the Administration’s $12 billion trade war mitigation plan intended to provide relief to farmers affected by retaliatory tariffs placed on the agriculture sector by several of our trading partners. Full story
  • Attendees at Missouri Rice Field Day Hear About Local Conservation Programs and Funding Available to Them

    Aug 28, 2018

    The Missouri Rice Research and Merchandising Council (MRRMC) held their annual Missouri Rice Field Day at the Malden Research Farm last week. Full story
  • President Trump Announces U.S.-Mexico Trade Agreement

    Aug 28, 2018

    After months of negotiations, President Trump announced today that the United States and Mexico had reached a new trade agreement that he would like to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Full story
  • Report: Whole Grain Consumption Reduces Cancer Risk

    Aug 24, 2018

    Recently, the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) released Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Cancer: A Global Perspective, a comprehensive analysis of research on lifestyle factors and cancer prevention that confirmed critical connections between cancer diagnoses and diet, physical activity, and weight. Full story
  • Arkansas: Rain, Rain, Go Away!

    Aug 23, 2018

    Harvest preparations are underway across Arkansas. Combines, headers, and grain carts are in the shed for maintenance, truck drivers are being hired, and water is being drained off the fields. Full story
  • New Members Join USA Rice

    Aug 22, 2018

    USA Rice welcomed two new members this summer. Golden Ridge Rice Mills, LLC, joined the Rice Millers’ Association, and Valent USA LLC joined as an industry partner. Full story
  • Iraq to Purchase U.S. Rice

    Aug 22, 2018

    Iraq recently agreed to purchase 30,000 MT of U.S. rice on a public tender with shipment scheduled sometime this fall. This purchase by Iraq’s Ministry of Trade was done under a global tender, which has not been won by U.S.-origin rice in several years, and raises U.S. rice sales to Iraq in year-to-date 2018 to 125,000 MT. Full story
  • Rain Defines Rice Harvest in Southwest Louisiana

    Aug 21, 2018

    For the past several weeks in Louisiana, rice farmers here have been in the fields working long hours and dodging rain showers so they can continue harvesting (verb). But when you visit with them, they refer to the reward of their efforts as this year’s harvest (noun). Full story
  • Retaliatory Tariffs by Turkey Include U.S. Rice

    Aug 20, 2018

    In the latest chapter of an escalating diplomatic and economic dispute, Turkey announced yet more retaliatory tariffs against the United States last week, targeting rice as well as other U.S. exports, and initiated a lawsuit with the World Trade Organization (WTO) in response to President Trump’s decision to further raise tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Turkey. Full story
  • 2018 USA Rice Sustainability Award Application Now Open

    Aug 17, 2018

    While insiders know U.S.-grown rice is one of the most sustainable and responsibly grown crops in the world, telling that story to those who are unaware is increasingly important. To help recognize the crop’s unique environmental qualities and the men and women who improve rice’s sustainability every day, USA Rice launched a Sustainability Award last year to identify and promote prime examples. Full story
  • Grassroots Lobbying: If You See Someone, Say Something

    Aug 16, 2018

    With Members of the House of Representatives back in their home districts for the August recess, this is the chance for constituents to visit with them to voice concerns, share priorities, and hear updates from Washington. The ag industry will be out in force to make sure lawmakers hear what’s on their minds – and that is trade and the new Farm Bill. Full story
  • USDA Seeks More U.S.-Grown Rice Vendors for Food Purchasing Program

    Aug 15, 2018

    Following the announcement of the $12 billion in federal aid to American farmers for damages from retaliatory tariffs, USA Rice has been working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to learn more about trade mitigation assistance programs, including the Food Purchase and Distribution Program. Full story
  • Louisiana ‘Lets the Good Times Roll’ for USA Rice Chef Tours

    Aug 14, 2018

    Chefs, quality assurance, and nutrition and marketing specialists representing almost 2,000 restaurants from well-known brands, along with food writers from top industry publications came to Louisiana rice country last week for the third iteration of USA Rice’s Foodservice Farm & Mill Tours to learn how the mighty grain they know, eat, and serve gets to their kitchens. Full story
  • Misinformation Opens the Door to Low Quality Chinese Rice in Puerto Rico, But Consumers Are Rejecting It

    Aug 13, 2018

    Last year Hurricane Harvey dumped 27 trillion gallons of rain over Texas making it the wettest Atlantic hurricane ever measured. It inflicted $125 billion in damage, and as we approach the one-year anniversary of the hurricane making landfall, its effects are actually still being felt. An importer in Puerto Rico made waves recently when he switched his source for rice from the United States to China, falsely saying the hurricane had rendered U.S. rice contaminated. Full story
  • A New Type of Fortified Rice Approved for Food Aid

    Aug 10, 2018

    After years of research, global field testing, and stakeholder meetings, the USDA amended the commodity specification language last week adding the option to use either extruded or rinse resistant coated fortified rice and immediately issued a new tender for fortified rice in Sub-Saharan Africa allowing for either fortification technology. Full story
  • WASDE Report Released

    Aug 10, 2018

    Total U.S. rice supplies for 2018/19 are raised slightly from last month due to increased beginning stocks that were mostly offset by a smaller crop. Full story
  • Field Days in the Natural State

    Aug 09, 2018

    USA Rice staff fanned out across Arkansas over the last week to meet with millers and farmers; attend field days in Jonesboro, Stuttgart, Osceola, and Harrisburg; and present at the Arkansas Rice Research Promotion Board (ARRPB) meeting. Full story

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