• MS-AR Check-Off Logo-200213 Arkansas State Report Upbeat Despite 2019 Challenges

    Feb 13, 2020

    At this year’s annual meeting of the Arkansas Rice Research and Promotion Board (ARRPB), USA Rice President & CEO Betsy Ward reflected on the challenges the U.S. rice industry faced in 2019, and reported on the important role USA Rice plays in Washington fighting for sound policies, and advocating for U.S.-grown rice in markets here and around the world. Full story
  • Hound dog with white chest and droopy brown ears in front of flags of US and US Dept of Homeland Security Funding for Ag Inspections at U.S. Borders in Budget Pipeline

    Feb 12, 2020

    The “Protecting America’s Food and Agriculture Act of 2019,” also known as the Ag Inspectors Bill, passed the House with bipartisan support by voice vote on Monday. This bill aims to improve agricultural inspections at American borders by authorizing new funding for U.S. Customs and Border Protection to hire additional agriculture specialists. Full story
  • Man and woman in grocery store look at large bags of rice stacked in the aisle Senators Encourage Increased Access for U.S. Rice in U.K. Trade Negotiations

    Feb 12, 2020

    On Monday, a group of United States Senators from rice-producing states sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer encouraging increased market access for rice during trade negotiations with the United Kingdom. Full story
  • Woman and man seated at speakers Annual Meetings in Louisiana Bring Rain and USA Rice Representatives

    Feb 11, 2020

    Rice industry members gathered in Jennings yesterday for the annual meetings of the Louisiana Rice Council (LARC) and the Louisiana Rice Growers Association (LARGA), and to hear how rice check-off dollars are being spent, updates from Baton Rouge, and about the Start with Rice advertising campaign. Full story
  • WASDE Report Released

    Feb 11, 2020

    This month’s outlook for 2019/20 U.S. rice is for increased imports, higher exports, and larger ending stocks. All rice imports are raised 2.4 million cwt to a record 32.5 million on an extremely fast pace so far in the market year. Full story
  • Young woman stands at podium delivering slide presentation to crowded room of people seated at tables NELA Rice Forum Focuses on Row Rice

    Feb 10, 2020

    With winter providing a backdrop of scattered showers around the southern rice region, it was a perfect time for area growers to take a break from field work last week and attend the Northeast Louisiana (NELA) Rice Growers Association meeting to get the latest rice info in preparation for the 2020 planting season. Full story
  • FY2021 Budget on conveyor belt President’s FY 2021 Budget Proposal

    Feb 10, 2020

    Earlier today, President Donald Trump sent his budget request for FY 2021 to Congress, calling for nearly $58 billion in cuts to mandatory agriculture spending, on top of another $2 billion in cuts to discretionary agriculture spending. Full story
  • Map of east Africa with Kenya delineated in orange Kenya Next in Line for Trade Negotiations with U.S.

    Feb 07, 2020

    he Trump Administration has a new trade target in its sights for 2020 – Kenya. The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced yesterday their intention to negotiate a free trade agreement with this country that represents a growing economy within Africa, and wants to set the tone for other east African nations interested in expanding their global footprint. Full story
  • Airline food displayed in small white containers on tray including white rice, colorful fruit and vegetable salads, bread roll, and napkin New Canadian Contractor Brings New Promotion Opportunities

    Feb 06, 2020

    Today USA Rice met with Harbinger, a cutting edge marketing firm here with a global reach and a client list that includes Dove, Dole, and Taste USA. As the new contractor for Canada promotions, Harbinger is getting familiar with the USA Rice Canada portfolio in meetings with USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Canada and members of the trade. Full story
  • Man wearing dark vest stands at podium in front of crowd giving slide presentation USA Rice Emphasizes Sustainability Practices at Annual Cotton and Rice Conference

    Feb 05, 2020

    Producers and industry representatives from across the mid-south gathered here last week for the 23rd Annual National Conservation Systems Cotton and Rice Conference. The day and a half-long conference featured discussions on the latest in conservation practices. Full story
  • Combine in golden rice field, wide angle shot USDA Announces 2019 MFP Third Tranche

    Feb 04, 2020

    On Monday, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the third tranche of the 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP). The aid payments, designed to assist farmers effected by retaliatory tariffs during the ongoing trade disputes, will be the last round from the 2019 program. Full story
  • Colorful State Map of Australia U.S. Rice Exports May Gain Edge as Australian Drought Reduces Production

    Feb 03, 2020

    After two years of seriously reduced exports by Australia, the U.S. may bridge the gap and earn back some market share in those countries where we’re both doing business. Full story
  • British Union Jack with red scissors instead of stripes UK and European Union Finalize 3.5-Year Divorce

    Jan 31, 2020

    Brexit celebrations are underway after more than three and a half years since the epochal referendum in June 2016 when UK voters opted to separate from the European Union (EU). The Brexit train ebbed and flowed throughout that time but experienced a resurgence of support after Prime Minister Boris Johnson took the helm in July 2019. Full story
  • A woman and man, both on crutches, stand on sidewalk talking USA Rice International Trade Team Plans for the Future

    Jan 30, 2020

    Leadership from the USA Rice Council and the USA Rice International Promotion Committee met to discuss promotional activities and budgets for the upcoming year at the International Promotion Planning Conference (IPPC). They also met with the trade in Colombia to explore prospects for future trade. Full story
  • Bags of rice with colorful yellow & blue labels saying "Arkansas Food Hall of Fame" State of the Plate is Great with Arkansas Rice

    Jan 29, 2020

    The Arkansas Food Hall of Fame promotes restaurants, proprietors, and events that embody and celebrate Arkansas cuisine. They also choose a Food of the Year and the 2020 title holder is rice! Full story
  • Two white men wearing business suits engaged in animated conversation, American flag in background Rice, Economic Development, and Mardi Gras in DC

    Jan 28, 2020

    The nation’s capital takes on a decidedly Cajun flair this time of year when thousands of Pelican State residents flock to the city and join Louisiana expats to spread the Mardi Gras spirit and celebrate all things Louisiana. Full story
  • African woman, wearing white t-shirt with USA Rice logo, speaks into blue microphone USA Rice Holds Third Foodservice Seminar in Ghana

    Jan 27, 2020

    Earlier this month, USA Rice conducted a foodservice seminar for artisanal rice cookers and vendors in Takoradi, the capital of the western region of Ghana, following successful seminars in Accra and Kumasi late last year. Full story
  • Casually dressed man wearing ballcap speaks from podium with slide presentation in background USA Rice Gives Positive Trade Report at California Grower Meetings

    Jan 24, 2020

    More than one hundred growers from throughout the Sacramento Valley met here and in Colusa yesterday for the California Rice Commission’s annual meetings for industry updates. Growers heard from a variety of speakers representing their interests, based in both Washington and Sacramento. Full story
  • Young, blond boy eats rice out of plastic cup in front of table filled with bags of jasmine rice Bad Weather Benefits Grower Meeting Turnout

    Jan 23, 2020

    The last few days in the south have been cool with intermittent rain showers, and since no one wants to be in the fields when it’s not productive, several grower events around Louisiana and southeast Texas have enjoyed big crowds, because let’s face it, this time of year it’s better to be inside than out. Full story
  • Children play with homemade sailboat in puddle next to overgrown, green, grassy area WOTUS Redefined

    Jan 23, 2020

    Today, the Trump Administration announced the Navigable Waters Protection Rule to replace the Obama-Era Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. This rule is the second step in the two-step process set forward by the Administration to contain the reach of the Clean Water Act of 1972. Full story

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