• "Rice Day" Celebrated During Louisiana Legislative Session

    May 25, 2017
    Yesterday, Louisiana rice farmers and millers spent the day here celebrating "Louisiana Rice Day at the Capitol” to highlight the economic importance of the Louisiana rice industry to the state economy, and the environmental and cultural benefits to its citizens.
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  • Conservation Programs Take a Hit in Trump Budget

    May 24, 2017
    President Trump’s $4.1 trillion budget has received a rough reception from the agriculture community since it appears to gut programs important to his core ag-based constituency and leans disproportionately heavily on agriculture to find “savings.” As the onion is further peeled, more draconian cuts to conservation programs are coming to light.
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  • Trump Budget Declares War on Agriculture

    May 23, 2017
    President Trump released his detailed, $4.1 trillion federal budget today, and while every area of the federal government except defense and infrastructure saw cuts, the cuts to agriculture and rural areas are disproportionately severe by anyone’s standards.
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  • Exports to UK at Ten Year All-Time High

    May 22, 2017
    The UK, the largest market for U.S. rice in the EU, has experienced an impressive 207 percent increase in all types of U.S. rice imports during the first 3 months of 2017 (over 10,000 MT valued at $5.4 million). This has been driven by a staggering 5,877 percent increase in parboiled long grain rice imports and a 515 percent increase in long grain imports.
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  • Disaster Aid Available through FSA Program

    May 19, 2017
    New guidance from USDA's RMA on Practical to Replant Provisions available.
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  • USDA RMA Promotes Practical to Replant Guidance Document

    May 19, 2017
    New guidance from USDA's RMA on Practical to Replant Provisions available.
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  • Global Rice Markets are Distorted by Bad Actors, Contributing to U.S. Trade Deficits USA Rice Testifies at Commerce Department

    May 18, 2017
    The Department of Commerce hosted a day-long hearing with witnesses from across the U.S. economy to examine reasons for bilateral deficits with 13 U.S. trading partners. USA Rice, participating in the agriculture panel, explained that while the U.S. rice industry generates a $1.2 billion trade surplus, “a majority of the countries being examined, including China, the European Union, India, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Viet Nam intervene heavily in the rice market, and the result is restricted access for U.S. rice or unfair competition in foreign markets.”
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  • Rice Industry to Remain Vigilant as Trump Administration Makes NAFTA Renegotiation Official

    May 18, 2017
    The Trump Administration today formally notified the U.S. Congress of its intent to enter into negotiations with Mexico and Canada to “modernize” the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA. A letter from freshly-installed U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to Congressional leadership begins a mandated 90-day consultation with Congress before formal negotiations can begin. Additionally, U.S. law requires the President to provide detailed negotiating objectives 30 days prior to the start of negotiations.
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  • U.S Rice Production Estimates Drastically Reduced

    May 17, 2017
    USA Rice’s World Market Price Subcommittee met here yesterday to review with U.S. Department of Agriculture officials USDA’s first projections of global rice supply and demand statistics for 2017/2018, including world rice stocks, area and production estimates for the United States, and to review developments in key export markets. Severe flooding in the mid-south, in particular in Arkansas, the top rice producing state in the country, have forced the industry to drastically reduce estimates for the coming year.
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  • Secretary Perdue Talks Trade, Farm Bill, and More with USA Rice

    May 16, 2017
    Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue met with a delegation from USA Rice today in a wide-ranging discussion of industry priorities including trade, flooding in the mid-south, the upcoming Farm Bill, labor shortages in California, food aid, and the importance of rice research programs.
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