• Science News: The Difference Between Factoids and Facts

    Apr 26, 2018
    Members of the scientific, communications, and academic fields gathered at Johns Hopkins University last week to address issues of miscommunication among scientists, media, consumers, politicians, and the public. The panel, hosted by the National Communication Association, discussed ways these problems might be addressed, emphasizing transparency and public outreach.
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  • USA Rice Delegation in China Presses for Imports to Begin

    Apr 25, 2018
    Leaders from USA Rice were in China last week to deliver a simple message – nearly 30 U.S. facilities have completed China’s extensive food safety questionnaires and it’s now time for Chinese officials to schedule an inspection visit, the next step in fulfilling the promise of U.S. market access when the two countries signed a phytosanitary protocol for U.S. milled rice last July.
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  • Ramadan Traditions Raise Rice Consumption

    Apr 24, 2018
    Per capita rice consumption in Jordan is high and traditionally increases during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which starts this year on May 15. Rice consumption in the Muslim world always spikes during the observance, which is why USA Rice steps up promotions to increase awareness prior to the start of the holiday.
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  • FABEX Show Features Sushi Made From U.S. Rice

    Apr 23, 2018
    USA Rice participated in FABEX 2018, one of the major trade shows targeting foodservice and deli/take-out operators held at the Tokyo Big Site earlier this month. The USA Rice booth featured various new style sushi menus to introduce innovative usages of U.S medium grain to the more than 78,000 visitors, including hand-shaped sushi rice prepared using a special sushi roll making machine.
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  • Training Day for Foreign Ag Service

    Apr 23, 2018
    Last week, USA Rice participated in a “Meet the Cooperators” seminar series led by the U.S. Agricultural Export Development Council (USAEDC) to provide training to approximately 30 new foreign service personnel and other staff at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). These annual seminars provide opportunities for local trade associations to educate USDA staff about our organizations and how we work together to increase exports of rice.
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  • 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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