• 2018 Rice Awards Application Open

    Apr 20, 2018
    USA Rice, in conjunction with Horizon Ag and Rice Farming magazine, is seeking nominations for the 2018 Rice Awards to recognize rice leaders who exemplify dedication, determination, and innovation to the industry.
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  • USDA Staffs Up with New Appointments

    Apr 20, 2018
    Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the selection of several senior leaders within U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) agencies. Perdue appointed Ken Isley as Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Administrator, where among many other priorities he will oversee the Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) programs that help build and maintain overseas markets for U.S. agriculture.
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  • Support for Farm Bill Splits Along Party Lines

    Apr 19, 2018
    The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture convened yesterday to consider H.R. 2, The Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018. The mark-up process for the proposed version of the 2018 Farm Bill lasted nearly five hours, with the Committee approving 20 amendments. Of those amendments, 18 are simply meant to clarify the intent of the original bill language and were approved by a single vote, while the remaining two, that do not affect rice, were considered and adopted by the panel individually.
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  • USA Rice to USTR: NAFTA, China, & Improved Market Access are Priorities

    Apr 18, 2018
    Last week, USA Rice met with U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) new Chief Agricultural Negotiator Gregg Doud to discuss current market access issues for rice. USA Rice highlighted the many trade priorities of the industry including preserving the benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and improved market access to China and Japan.
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  • Raising the U.S. Rice Profile in Guatemala

    Apr 17, 2018
    Last week Asiha Grigsby, USA Rice manager of international promotion, and USA Rice contractors here, Ernesto Baron and Chef Javier Rodríguez, met with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Counselor Todd Drennan, and Attaché Sean Cox for a roundtable discussion of market access and promotional activities in the region. Mr. Drennan led the group in a conversation exploring the opportunities and challenges for U.S. rice as compared to corn - the most consumed grain in the region.
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  • Big Y Partnership Boosts U.S.-Grown Rice Sales in March

    Apr 16, 2018
    This past March, USA Rice partnered with retail dietitians at supermarket chain Big Y to promote U.S.-grown rice across more than seventy grocery stores in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Big Y rice promotions were part of their Living Well Eating Smart® nutrition program, and included sales promotions, in-store signage, social media posts, and more.
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  • 2018 Farm Bill Released

    Apr 13, 2018
    House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX) introduced his draft of the 2018 Farm Bill, formally known as H.R. 2, The Agriculture & Nutrition Act of 2018, yesterday after months of negotiations. The bill’s nutrition and food stamp provisions are controversial, and have actually divided the Committee along partisan lines, but the other titles reflect the good work that Chairman Conaway and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-MN) have done to craft a strong bill that supports farmers who are facing trade uncertainty and who have weathered consecutive years of down prices.
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  • USA Rice Mission to China Seen as Next Step to Market Access

    Apr 12, 2018
    While news on U.S.-China trade relations has been tense of late, USA Rice continues to press for market access. A leadership delegation with representatives from Arkansas, Louisiana, and California leaves for China this weekend to meet with U.S. embassy and Chinese government officials and members of China’s rice trade to continue to make the case for U.S. rice.
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  • USA Rice Briefs House Ag on Rice in Food Aid Programs

    Apr 11, 2018
    Yesterday, USA Rice joined a select panel of commodity organizations to brief House Agriculture Committee Members’ staff on U.S. food aid programs and the central role the U.S. agriculture industry plays in supporting those programs. Specifically, the groups warned that any attempts to reduce program funding, or shift funding away from the procurement of U.S. commodities and products would diminish Congressional support of the programs by farm state lawmakers and would be strongly opposed.
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  • Brazil Reactivates Domestic Support Programs as Exports to the U.S. Rise

    Apr 11, 2018
    Exports of Brazilian rice to the United States have jumped nearly 60 percent in the first two months of 2018 over the same time period last year. On the heels of that news, Brazil has rebooted two dormant rice support policies that USA Rice says appear to be being used to push their export prices below production costs in direct violation of World Trade Organization (WTO) obligations.
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