• Jimmy Richard, white man in dark suit with dark hair and a white beard In Memory: ‘Uncle Jimmy’ Richard

    Aug 07, 2018

    James Rodney Richard, Jr., known as “Uncle Jimmy” to many in the rice industry, passed away on Sunday, August 5. Jimmy worked for Riviana Rice in Abbeville from 1975 until the closing of that facility, when he continued to serve the rice industry as a rice broker for Richard Independent Rice Brokers. Full story
  • Trey Cooke opens door to an ice shed, carrying a Yeti cooler Rice in Action in the Delta

    Aug 06, 2018

    With rice harvest around the bend in the Mississippi Delta, USA Rice staff, Jamison Cruce, Ben Mosely, and Steve Linscombe, spent time last week visiting with members and attending the annual Mississippi State University (MSU) Rice Field Day. Full story
  • Focus on the Farmer Series Continues

    Aug 06, 2018

    The monthly USA Rice’s “Focus on the Farmer” Facebook feature is making a swing through Mississippi to shine a spotlight on Nat McKnight. Nat’s operation, Twin Ridge Farms, is located in Cleveland, where he grows rice, corn, and soybeans. Full story
  • Rice Stewardship Summit Looks Back Proudly and Ahead with Determination

    Aug 03, 2018

    USA Rice, Ducks Unlimited, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and financial partners came together here this week to celebrate the Rice Stewardship Partnership’s first five years and set goals for the next five years. Full story
  • Senate Farm Bill Conferees Named

    Aug 02, 2018

    Yesterday, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) named U.S. Senate conferees for the Farm Bill. A total of nine senators, five Republicans and four Democrats, received appointments to the committee. Full story
  • U.S. Administration, USA Rice of Like-Mind on Rice Imports from China

    Aug 02, 2018

    On Wednesday, President Donald Trump instructed U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to consider increasing the level of an additional duty on imports of $200 billion from China, including rice, from 10 percent to 25 percent. Action by Ambassador Lighthizer to raise duties on the $200 billion in imports began on July 10 under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. Full story
  • Grain to Glass, Local Brewery Debuts “Golden Grain” Ale Made with Arkansas Rice

    Aug 01, 2018

    More than 2,000 Arkansans attended the fifth annual Stone’s Throw Brewing Block on Rock festival here last Saturday where they had the opportunity to drink their rice. The official beer of Block on Rock is called “Golden Grain,” and made with Arkansas-grown rice. The rice beer got a big thumbs up from the partying crowd as attendees consumed 480 pints of the locally-sourced ale. Full story
  • Upcoming Field Days

    Jul 31, 2018

    Mark your calendar and plan to attend the event in your area. Full story
  • U.S.-EU Trade Rapprochement – Anything There for Rice?

    Jul 30, 2018

    Increasingly tense trade talk from both sides of the Atlantic took a sharp turn last week following a meeting here between President Donald Trump and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Junker. Full story
  • USA Rice Makes the Case to FDA for an SOI for Rice

    Jul 27, 2018

    Ag and food industry leaders and advocacy groups gathered here yesterday to provide comments and feedback to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) during a public meeting on the agency’s comprehensive, multi-year Nutrition Innovation Strategy. Full story
  • U.S. Rice Industry Says Trump Administration’s Trade War Mitigation Program Misses the Mark

    Jul 26, 2018

    – While some in agriculture are praising the Trump Administration for its attempt to mitigate damage done as a result of the Administration’s trade wars, the U.S. rice industry sees the short-term approach as inadequate and is more interested in long-term structural changes that would put U.S. rice on a level playing field globally. Full story
  • Broadcasting the Benefits of U.S. Rice in Mexico

    Jul 25, 2018

    Each month, USA Rice partners with different chefs in Mexico to encourage increased usage of rice in restaurants and in the home. Last month, USA Rice partnered with Executive Chef Omar Cuellar to produce two TV shows on Efekto TV, which is broadcast in Mexico City and viewed throughout Mexico. Full story
  • Row, Row, Row Your Rice

    Jul 24, 2018

    The Northeast Louisana (NELA) Rice Growers’ Association hosted its annual field day last week that began at the Elliot Colvin Farm and ended at the Rayville Civic Center. Different from years past, this was their first ever Row Rice Field Day. Full story
  • Trade War Tit-for-Tat Continues

    Jul 23, 2018

    The United States has provided the latest salvo in the escalating trade dispute with China, and for the first time has taken aim at rice imports. Among the imports targeted for an extra 10 percent in duties are rice imports from China. Full story
  • 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
  • House Farm Bill Conferees Named

    Jul 23, 2018

    House members appointed to the farm bill conference committee were announced this week. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) named 29 Republicans and 18 Democrats to the committee, respectively, a total of 47 lawmakers. 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
  • U.S. Grown Rice is Nutritious and Sustainably-Grown, Now Add Fancy

    Jul 19, 2018

    The 64th Annual Summer Fancy Food Show wrapped up here earlier this month with more than 200,000 products being showcased across six football fields worth of exhibit space and the most popular grain on earth, rice, was flying the flag as both an ingredient and as a food unto itself. Full story
  • U.S. Rice Shines at Paella Festival in Mexico

    Jul 18, 2018

    Paella is a traditional Spanish dish with a long history and a name that derives from the Old French word paelle that means pan, and refers to the one big, shallow pan used to cook the food. A version of the hearty dish has migrated to Mexico where it has become a favorite of diners and chefs alike, using ingredients that appeal to the Mexican palate. Full story
  • Playing with House Money at 2018 School Nutrition Association Conference

    Jul 17, 2018

    For once, what happened in Vegas, won’t stay in Vegas as the annual School Nutrition Association’s (SNA) National Conference was here last week and USA Rice wowed the crowd of more than 7,000 K-12 foodservice officials with a newly-designed booth and information on the multiple benefits that U.S.-grown rice brings to the lunchroom. Full story

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