USA Rice Presents to Arkansas Rice Research and Promotion Board

Feb 18, 2016
USA Rice CFO Linda Sieh
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LITTLE ROCK, AR – USA Rice CFO Linda Sieh presented the annual USA Rice Council report to the Arkansas Rice Research and Promotion Board (ARRPB) here Tuesday.

Sieh provided the board with the financial report and results of the audits for all five organizations overseen by USA Rice, and also gave an update on opportunities and challenges the U.S. rice industry faces in international markets.  

The ARRPB is made up of nine rice producers who are nominated by industry organizations and appointed to two-year terms by the governor.  The board is responsible for allocating Arkansas rice promotion and research check-off funds annually.  For the past 30 years, the ARRPB has awarded promotion funds to the USA Rice Council.

“I appreciated the opportunity to report on work made possible by the financial resources entrusted to us by Arkansas,” Sieh said.  “On behalf of USA Rice, I also want to thank the Arkansas rice farmers and industry members who serve on the USA Rice Council board and on USA Rice domestic and international promotion committees.  Their participation is vital to USA Rice’s member-driven process for program development and implementation.”

After the presentations on promotion results and USA Rice financials, the ARRPB approved the USA Rice Council’s request for funding in the fiscal year August 1, 2016 to July 31, 2017.