• Excellent Prospects for U.S. Medium Grain, Wild Rice in Turkey Despite Market Challenges

    Jul 05, 2017
    USA Rice was in Turkey last week and met with millers, traders, packers, and food service distributors to assess market prospects for U.S. medium grain rice and to discuss possible promotional activities for U.S. wild rice, a product gaining increasing popularity in the Turkish market.
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  • USA Rice Attends Louisiana Field Days and Meetings

    Jul 03, 2017
    USA Rice staff and members attended field day events in Louisiana, including Research and Promotion Board meetings and member visits.
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  • 2017 Rice Area Numbers Down Almost 20 Percent from 2016, Harvested Area in Arkansas Takes a Hit

    Jun 30, 2017
    In the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) first survey-based estimate of grain acreage for the 2017 crop, all rice planted acres is set at 2.56 million, 19 percent less than the 2016 figure, and two percent less than reported in the March Prospective Plantings.
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  • USA Rice Meets with China’s Largest Rice Importer at HOFEX 2017

    Jun 29, 2017
    As USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue makes a high profile trip to China this week heralding resumption of U.S. beef exports there, USA Rice continues to strengthen trade ties in the region by participating in events like HOFEX, Asia’s leading food and hospitality tradeshow. At the show in May, USA Rice met with China National Cereals, Oils and Foodstuffs Corporation (COFCO), a state-owned enterprise that is the largest food company in China, and consequently the largest importer of rice.
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  • Venezuela – A Country in Chaos

    Jun 28, 2017
    CARACAS, VENEZUELA -- Venezuela, one of the world’s most oil-rich countries has become one of the poorest and most dysfunctional over the last few years. It is a nation in crisis. Over 90 percent of their export earnings are derived from petrochemicals, the price of which has plummeted over the last several years. The low price of oil brings into question how much longer the Petrocaribe Agreement, an oil alliance between Venezuela and several Caribbean states, can last and with it, Venezuela’s influence in the Caribbean and Latin America.
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  • EPA to Propose Repeal of WOTUS

    Jun 28, 2017
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced yesterday that they plan to rescind the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule of 2015 and temporarily revert back to the rule in place prior to 2015.
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  • Rice Foundation Accepting Applications for 2018 Rice Leadership Development Program

    Jun 28, 2017
    The Rice Foundation is accepting applications for the 2018 Rice Leadership Development Program. Rice producers or industry-related professionals between the ages of 25 and 45 are eligible to apply for the program. The application deadline is October 7.
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  • Trend Spotting – Choose Rice

    Jun 26, 2017
    Who doesn’t love to be first with The Next Big Thing, especially if you’re in business and being at the front end of a trend translates into profit? The key is knowing what’s going to appeal to consumers even before they do and that means being attuned to trends in their behavior.
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  • USA Rice and Jewel-Osco ‘Build a Better Basket’

    Jun 23, 2017
    USA Rice recently wrapped up a partnership with retail dietitians at Jewel-Osco, a supermarket chain with stores across Illinois, Iowa, and Indiana. During the May promotion that coincided with Celiac Awareness Month, U.S.-grown rice was featured as a smart choice for shoppers following a gluten-free diet. Through Jewel-Osco Dietitians’ “Build a Better Basket” program, shoppers were introduced to U.S.-grown rice health benefits, versatility, and recipes through a print newsletter and blog, social media posts, weekly ad circular, and in-store point-of-sale signage.
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  • U.S. Paddy Allowed Unhindered Access into Colombia

    Jun 22, 2017
    On June 6, 2017, the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) published “Official Resolution #6705 of 2017” which removed a previous resolution that restricted imported U.S. paddy rice to the port of Barranquilla. The previous resolution also implemented phytosanitary measures for the transportation of U.S. paddy rice and for the management of residues (such as husks) after being milled in Colombia. These mitigation procedures and restrictions to one port in Colombia are now null and void.
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