• IP-First Sale of US Rice to China Lede picture-190702.docx First Sale of U.S. Rice to China

    Jul 03, 2019

    History was made last week when after decades chasing this enormous market, a U.S. rice exporter became the first to make a sale of U.S. rice to a private importer. The sale occurred on the margins of the first ever U.S. rice trade seminar in China that was conducted with funds from the new USDA Agricultural Trade Promotion (ATP) program. Full story
  • Woman wearing brightly striped shirt inspects rice brands in plastic bags, piled up to the ceiling Market Report: Jordan

    Jul 02, 2019

    Jordan is a relatively small country where rice is a staple food, and though the country produces no rice, and the average yearly consumption is estimated at 53 pounds per capita. Jordanian consumers have a preference for medium grain varieties due to its stickier consistency which is better suited to traditional local dishes. Full story
  • Drawing of many hands with calculator, pen, magnifying glass hovering over paper with colorful graphs Big Picture Economics on Tap at the USA Rice Outlook Conference

    Jul 01, 2019

    The good news is the overall U.S. economy is booming; the bad news is the U.S. agricultural economy is not. During this prolonged downturn for ag, focusing on the big picture is key and economist Veronica Nigh will be on hand at the 2019 Outlook Conference to talk about the macroeconomic outlook for U.S. agriculture. Full story
  • USDA Planted Acres Released; Rice Higher than Anticipated

    Jun 28, 2019

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agriculture Statistical Service has released a new report of planted acres for most crops, and while overall rice acres are down, they are not down as much as many had anticipated. Full story
  • Two men wearing long-sleeved button-down shirts meet inside an equipment shed, one on the left gesturing with one hand, one on the right listens intently Rice Industry Reps Reappointed to Critical Trade Advisory Committees

    Jun 28, 2019

    Arkansas rice farmer Dow Brantley reappointed to the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC), and USA Rice COO Bob Cummings reappointed to the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC) for Trade in Grains, Feed, Oilseeds and Planting Seeds. Full story
  • Man wearing knee-high boots, holding a mic and pointing, stands in flooded rice field Louisiana Field Days and Meetings Convene Against Backdrop of Grower Concern

    Jun 27, 2019

    For the past two days, growers flocked to field days, first at the HorizonAg Field Day on the farm of Christian Richard in Kaplan, and then for the 110th Annual Rice Field Day at the H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station in Crowley. Full story
  • Two men stand in front of poster of blue sky with puffy white clouds Rice Farmers Recognized for Sustainability, Innovation

    Jun 26, 2019

    Two innovative U.S. rice farmers have been recognized by Field to Market, the Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, for their continuous improvement and utilizing Field to Market’s Field Print Calculator. Full story
  • Students at table filling out worksheets, male teacher at front of classroom Think Rice? Think Summer Programming

    Jun 25, 2019

    USA Rice has teamed up with Texas AgriLife Extension Service for their annual “Read and Feed” summer food program that provides lunch and educational activities for children ages 18 and younger. The program is designed to educate students on nutrition and highlights the “Path to Plate” concept. Full story
  • Copy of newsletter titled "The Power of Rice" with photo of rice dish and black chopsticks with accompanying text Supermarket RD Partnerships Make Millions of Impressions

    Jun 24, 2019

    USA Rice partnerships with retail dietitians at Big Y and Redner’s supermarket chains promoting U.S.-grown rice across more than 134 grocery stores in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania garnered millions of impressions and increased sales over a two-week period. Full story
  • Group of people seated with backs to the camera in a large meeting room, USA Rice text and logo illuminated on big screens Southern States Share Ag Strategies

    Jun 21, 2019

    USA Rice was a sponsor of the Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture (SASDA) conference hosted by the Texas Department of Agriculture in Fort Worth, Texas, last week. Full story
  • Blue "Translate" computer button surrounded by gray buttons displaying language choices: "English," "Espanol," "Francais," etc. Consumer Materials Now Available in Spanish

    Jun 20, 2019

    USA Rice has strengthened its arsenal of consumer resources with the addition of Spanish-translated versions of the popular RD Guide to U.S.-Grown Rice nutrition toolkit and a new recipe brochure. The Spanish language materials are now available along with the rest of the USA Rice consumer resources collection. Full story
  • Family group dressed in casual clothes stands around central older white male who holds commemorative plaque 120th RMA Convention Looks Forward

    Jun 19, 2019

    The USA Rice Millers Association (RMA), one of the oldest agri-business organizations in the U.S., held their 120th annual convention on the Big Island of Hawaii last week, and despite the long history of the group, the focus was definitely the future. Full story
  • Black and white cartoon of hand in business suit sleeve with fingers crossed and text "To tell the Truth" Louisiana Makes Truth in Labeling the Law

    Jun 18, 2019

    With final passage and signature of SB152 – Truth in Labeling, Louisiana has made it official and joins the growing list of states protecting consumers from mislabeling of products and demanding manufacturers adhere to “truth in labeling.” Full story
  • Green tractor and cart stuck in in flooded ditch Learning from the Mistakes of Others at the 2019 Outlook Conference

    Jun 17, 2019

    USA Rice examines the bumpy road to success during the 2019 Outlook Conference with a session titled “Lessons from the Field: Farmer Tales and Fails.” A panel of growers will share experiences of times when they tried something, didn’t achieve the expected result, but turned what looked like a failure into a new cutting edge practice with the potential to save time and resources. Full story
  • Two white men wearing seersucker suits holding a plaque for Rice Farmer of the Year Reverence, Reflection, and Reckoning: A Visit to the Mississippi Delta

    Jun 14, 2019

    Farmers, bankers, and Deltans of all walks of life came together here last week for the 84th annual meeting of the Delta Council, the regions’ foremost economic development group representing 18 Delta and part-Delta counties in northwest Mississippi. Established in 1935, Delta Council brings together area agricultural, business, and professional leadership, and is one of the state’s most influential organizations. Full story
  • Green combine and grain truck loading harvested rice in yellow field Sustainability Report: Supporting Economies, Creating Jobs, and Giving Back

    Jun 13, 2019

    Sustainability goes beyond environmental benefits: one of the most significant contributions of the U.S. rice industry is economic, because if a sustainability practice doesn’t pay its way on the farm or mill, it’s not truly sustainable. Full story
  • Man wearing ball cap and glasses stands in vibrant green rice field, holding one tiller in his hands USDA Announces Additional Details on MFP and Prevented Planting

    Jun 12, 2019

    On Monday evening, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue clarified existing guidance and provided more details to the 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP) and Prevented Planting crop insurance coverage saying unplanted acres will not be eligible for MFP payments. Full story
  • Three men stand in front of booth promoting Louisiana rice USA Rice Talks Trade in Louisiana

    Jun 11, 2019

    While in New Orleans last week, USA Rice met with the Central American Rice Federation (FECARROZ) to discuss further analysis of the Central America-Dominican Republic-USA free trade agreement (CAFTA-DR), and attended a breakfast with U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney. Full story
  • WASDE Report Released

    Jun 11, 2019

    The outlook for 2019/20 U.S. rice this month is for lower supplies, reduced domestic use and exports, and lower ending stocks. Projected U.S. all rice production is lowered 20.1 million cwt or 9 percent to 198.1 million with all of the decrease in long grain, primarily on a reduction in planted area. Full story
  • Closeup of maturing rice plant with golden and green rice heads, blue sky background Help Us Recognize Deserving Industry Leaders

    Jun 10, 2019

    Nominations for the Rice Awards are now open. Help us further the tradition by nominating someone for the Rice Farmer of the Year, the Rice Industry Award, and the Rice Lifetime Achievement Award. Full story

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