• USA Rice Promotes Medium Grain to Supermarket Chains in Japan

    May 15, 2017
    Co-Operative Grocer Chain (CGC) Japan, a cooperative chain of 220 middle to small size supermarkets with more than 4,000 individual member stores nationwide, sponsored an exhibition last month to introduce their members to new food products and U.S. medium grain rice was one of the featured rice items.
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  • USDA Reorganization Matches Up with Rice Priorities

    May 12, 2017
    Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has announced a reorganization of his agency that shows a clear emphasis on trade, and a philosophical shift on policy priorities at the farm level, both of which are in line with USA Rice initiatives.
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  • Trump Trade Team Locked and Loaded with Lighthizer

    May 12, 2017
    President Trump’s trade team was rounded out yesterday when the man at the top, Robert Lighthizer, was finally confirmed by the Senate to become the U.S. Trade Representative.
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  • Trump’s FDA Commissioner Could Have Far-Reaching Impact on Rice

    May 11, 2017
    President Trump’s choice to head the Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, was confirmed by the Senate this week and moves in to head the agency where he served as a deputy FDA Commissioner under President George W. Bush. The regulatory agency touches the rice industry at several points and if Gottlieb takes the agency in a new direction, there could be significant impact for the industry.
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  • WASDE Report Released

    May 10, 2017
    U.S. 2017/18 all rice production is forecast at 201 million cwt, down 23.1 million from the previous year, all on a large reduction in long grain acreage as indicated by the NASS Prospective Plantings survey issued March 31. The forecast 2017/18 yields are based on long-term historical trends and are higher for long grain but slightly lower for combined medium- and short-grain. Total 2017/18 rice supplies are forecast to decrease 7 percent from the previous year to 273.1 million cwt, primarily on the reduction in long grain.
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  • USA Rice Kicks-off Instagram Campaign for Celiac Awareness Month

    May 10, 2017
    With the explosion of visual storytelling on social media, Instagram is taking the lead as a favorite photo- and video-sharing social network among U.S. consumers. During May, Celiac Awareness Month, USA Rice is teaming up with 14 Instagram influencers to raise awareness of U.S.-grown rice as the go-to grain for gluten-free diets.
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  • Food Aid Funding Fight in Future

    May 09, 2017
    The recently passed Fiscal Year 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill included $2 billion for food aid programs that the U.S. rice industry supports, but signals from the Trump Administration indicate American humanitarian efforts may not exist in the future.
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  • Ag Secretary Perdue Gets First-Hand Look at Arkansas Flood Damage

    May 08, 2017
    Newly appointed U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, and members of the Arkansas Congressional Delegation, including Senator John Boozman and Congressmen French Hill, Steve Womack, and Rick Crawford toured the devastation around northeast Arkansas from the air yesterday.
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  • USA Rice’s Whole Grain Announces 2017 Advertising Specials

    May 05, 2017
    USA Rice’s award-winning newspaper, Whole Grain, has just released special advertising rates for the remaining 2017 issues. Advertisers who purchase a half page or larger ad for the Summer Issue, will receive 50 percent off to place the ad in the Fall Issue.
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  • Louisiana Weather Update

    May 05, 2017
    Wet weather is the theme in the midsouth this week and Louisiana is no exception. The northern part of the state dodged the bullet this time, but a lot of rice, and other crops - soybeans and crawfish - have been impacted in central and south Louisiana. The hardest hit areas seem to be in Avoyelles, Evangeline, and St. Landry parishes. However, the excess water there will move south so it is too early to determine what the extent of damage will be in any given area.
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