• 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
  • White woman wearing business suit stands with two casually dressed black men in street market stall Ghana Market Assessment Finds Place for U.S. Rice

    Jun 07, 2019

    USA Rice traveled to Ghana last week to gather information on the potential for increased U.S. rice sales to this West African country. Due to relatively low disposable income, consumers here are extremely price sensitive, having to make day to day choices on food consumption and other expenses. Full story
  • Closeup of Yellow Rail being held in someone Sustainability Report: Enhancing Biodiversity

    Jun 06, 2019

    Before it was cultivated thousands of years ago, rice grew wild in wet, marshy areas rich in biodiversity. Today, rice fields are a crucial refuge for many species of birds, fish, amphibians, and even mammals who have lost their habitat to development and coastal erosion, providing approximately 700,000 acres that nature conservationists would be loath to see growing other crops. Full story
  • Drawing of hand shake between two people wearing brown business suits on yellow background with white sunburst emanating from hands A New Tariff Threat in U.S. Rice’s Top Market

    Jun 05, 2019

    “This is a pretty delicate time for trade between the U.S. and Mexico, and we hope this new tariff can be avoided,” said Bobby Hanks, a Louisiana miller and chairman of the USA Rice International Trade Policy Committee. Full story
  • Two men dressed in casual shirts and pants stand next to desk in wood paneled office, checking details on a pad of paper Arkansas Rice Farmers Mike & Ryan Sullivan: An Open Book on Conservation Management

    Jun 04, 2019

    On Florenden Farms, innovation is a father-son business. Mike Sullivan lives and works alongside his son Ryan, a fifth generation farmer on their 13,000 acre rice farm, employ water management techniques areas to foster greater irrigated water use efficiency and conserve water. Full story
  • Father holds son wearing overalls up against vintage John Deere tractor Estate and Farm Succession Planning Sessions Added to Outlook Conference

    Jun 03, 2019

    USA Rice is pleased to announce a session on Estate and Farm Succession Planning has been added to the 2019 Outlook Conference where all your questions will be answered and attendees will come away with an understanding of why planning is important and what things everyone should consider as they look ahead. Full story
  • Water gushes from pump onto green rice field, blue sky & puffy white clouds Sign-Ups for Conservation Stewardship Program Projects Now Open

    May 31, 2019

    Three Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) sign-ups are now open to rice producers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Texas. The deadline to apply for all three projects is June 28, 2019. Full story
  • Rows of blue solar panels in a green field with grain bins in the background Sustainability Report: Energy Use and Air Quality

    May 30, 2019

    The benefits of sustainability measures are not always visible to the naked eye and that’s why the U.S. Rice Industry Sustainability Report is so important—it quantifies and catalogs the great strides rice farmers have made in air quality and energy since 1980, and the innovations they continue to make. Full story
  • Burning candle flame with shimmering yellow discs in background In Memory: Senator Thad Cochran

    May 30, 2019

    Thad Cochran, former senator of Mississippi, passed away early this morning at the age of 81 in Oxford, Mississippi. Senator Cochran was an enduring champion for the rice industry during his tenure, and his advocacy and contributions to the American farmer will be remembered for years to come. Full story
  • Cartoon Twitter Bird holds sign with text "#MMGrainsChat" USA Rice to Host Twitter Chat on Plant-Based Diets

    May 29, 2019

    USA Rice, along with Meatless Monday, and the Whole Grains Council, is hosting an hour-long Twitter chat next Monday, June 3, at 2 p.m. EDT, to start a conversation about the essential role whole grains play in plant-based diets. Full story
  • Black and white vintage photo of newsboy standing on street corner hawking papers with text "Good News! Iraq Makes Major Rice Purchase!" Iraq Purchases 120,000 MT of U.S. Rice Under New Tender

    May 29, 2019

    Iraq’s Ministry of Trade has purchased 120,000 MT of U.S. rice that is four times the amount they had originally intended to purchase. Full story
  • Farmer wearing straw hat and sunglasses stands in middle of group of people listening to his lecture, rice field and drainage ditch in background U.S. and Taiwan Hold 4th Annual Rice Technical Meeting

    May 28, 2019

    Representatives of the U.S. and Taiwan rice industries plus the Agriculture and Food Agency (AFA) of Taiwan met here late last week for two days of technical discussions covering rice trade between the two markets. Full story
  • Magazine cover photo shows overhead shot of rice and vegetable dish in black bowl with a scorched lemon half and yellow peppers alongside Plate Magazine’s Rice Issue Wins Coveted Journalism Award

    May 24, 2019

    The honors for rice this year continue to grow as Plate Magazine’s rice-focused issue won a Neal Award, one of the most coveted awards in business journalism. The special 2018 July/August was recognized by the Jesse H. Neal judges as 2019’s Best Subject Related Package. Full story
  • Young white male wearing red shirt stands in front of photo mural of mature rice field USA Rice Welcomes Summer Intern

    May 24, 2019

    Grant Long joined USA Rice this week as an intern with the Government Affairs team and will be working out of the Arlington office through August 9. He is originally from Georgia and is currently a student at Mississippi State University (MSU) working towards a B.S. in Political Science and Pre-Law. Full story
  • Two farmers wearing hip boots and ballcaps stand in flooded field pulling on metal gate Sustainability Report: Water Use and Water Quality

    May 23, 2019

    The rice industry is doing more than any other crop to advance sustainable water technologies. For more details, data, and stories that illustrate how seriously rice farmers take water stewardship, check out the U.S. Rice Industry Sustainability Report. Full story
  • Hand holds $5 with President Rice Deemed Eligible Commodity for Market Facilitation Program Payments

    May 23, 2019

    Today, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue announced $16 billion in additional aid is being allocated to programs supporting farmers who have been impacted by retaliatory tariffs and the ongoing trade disputes. Rice had been excluded from a similar program last year, but was considered an impacted commodity this time around and rice growers will receive relief. Full story

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