• Rice Farming Half a World Away

    Jan 12, 2018
    My wife, Karen, and I are just back from a vacation, not a business trip, on a Mekong River cruise through Cambodia, plus a week in northern Viet Nam prior to the cruise and a few days in Ho Chi Minh City, post-cruise.
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  • WASDE Report Released

    Jan 12, 2018
    U.S. 2017/18 all rice production is 178.2 million cwt, down fractionally from the previous estimate and down 20 percent from last year.
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  • Japan, Mexico, UK, China, Jordan Priorities for USA Rice 2018 International Promotion Areas

    Jan 11, 2018
    Leadership from the USA Rice International Promotion Committee and the USA Rice Council met here this week to examine the current export picture for U.S.-grown rice and discuss future marketing and trade policy programs. While U.S. rice faces tariff and non-tariff barriers in many markets, the group endorsed USA Rice’s proposed strategy for the coming year with some adjustments to ensure maximum impact.
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  • Turkey Reduces Rice Import Duties

    Jan 10, 2018
    In an effort to lower food price inflation the government of Turkey recently passed a law to reduce import duties on different types of rice. The new import regime was published in the Turkish Trade Registry Gazette on December 31, 2017, and listed new import duties that will be applied on imported goods as of January 2018.
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  • Amid Talk of Trade and Next Farm Bill, Trump Attends Farm Bureau Conference to Give Ag a Boost

    Jan 09, 2018
    During the recent American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Convention here, President Zippy Duvall convened a special meeting for a select group of nationally recognized commodity and farm organizations to facilitate dialogue around the wide array of farm bill priorities and to identify common ground among the diverse group. USA Rice was among the exclusive list of participants, along with executives from every major commodity organization, presidents of state farm bureau chapters, and Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS), as well as staff from Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue’s office.
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  • Rice Stewardship Grows Working Lands Conservation in Louisiana and Texas

    Jan 08, 2018
    Two new Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) proposals submitted by the Rice Stewardship Partnership have been approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) awarding nearly $6 million for conservation of water and habitat in ricelands in Texas and Louisiana.
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  • 2018 Top Food Trends Serve Up Opportunity for Increased U.S. Rice Consumption

    Jan 05, 2018
    2018 has the potential to be a strong year for rice consumption based on this year’s predicted hottest food trends and concepts. Last month, the National Restaurant Association (NRA) released its Top 20 Food Trends & Top 10 Concept Trends for 2018, and many of the lists’ items utilize, or have the ability to utilize, U.S.-grown rice.
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  • New Fortified Rice Document Hints at Increased Tonnage in 2018

    Jan 04, 2018
    For the past three years, USA Rice has worked closely with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and their partner, The World Food Programme (WFP) to help formulate specifications for a nutritionally superior rice product for use in global food assistance programs. At long last, the dialogue, field testing, and peer review, has borne fruit as USAID recently announced the publication of a new commodity specification document for the procurement of fortified rice that can address not just hunger but the long-term debilitating effects of malnutrition.
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  • USA Rice Foodservice Cookbooks in Mexico Emphasize Holiday Menu

    Jan 03, 2018
    Just in time for the holiday season here, USA Rice unveiled two new cookbooks full of exciting rice recipes: a student chefs’ magazine, “Futuros Chefs Cocinando con Arroz” (Future Chefs Cooking with Rice, Volume 2), and “Lo Mejor del Arroz por Los Mejores Chefs de México” (The Best of Rice by The Best Chefs in Mexico), featuring gourmet holiday dishes created by some of the most renowned professional chefs in Mexico.
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  • USA Rice Welcomes New Staff to Start the New Year

    Jan 02, 2018
    USA Rice has announced the arrival of three new staff members to start off the new year.
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