• Japan’s Foodservice Industry Creates High Demand for U.S. Medium Grain

    Nov 14, 2017
    Demand for U.S. medium grain rice by the foodservice industry in Japan is on the upswing as the first Simultaneous Buy-Sell (SBS) tender in 2017 was fully subscribed with U.S. rice gaining a 77 percent share of the 25,000 MT purchased. And on Friday, November 10, Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) announced a second tender for 25,000 MT of rice to be held on November 29.
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  • USA Rice Welcomes New Members

    Nov 13, 2017
    The USA Rice Federation is proud to announce two new members from California: Ratliff Engineering and Packaging, Inc. and The Rice Growers Association.
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  • USA Rice’s 16th Exhibition at the International Fair of Havana

    Nov 13, 2017
    Earlier this month, USA Rice participated in the annual International Fair of Havana (FIVAH) to showcase U.S. rice and meet with Alimport, the importer of U.S. food products into Cuba. Several media outlets interviewed the USA Rice team about our participation and work in Cuba over the past few years.
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  • WASDE Report Released

    Nov 09, 2017
    Total 2017/18 U.S. rice supplies are increased marginally this month to 248.9 million cwt as higher projected imports (primarily Thai fragrant rice) offset slightly lower production. In the November Crop Production report, NASS reduced the 2017/18 U.S. crop size by 200,000 cwt to 178.4 million on lower forecast yield. This is 20 percent less than last year and would be the lowest U.S. rice production since 1996/97.
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  • U.S. Rice a Permanent Fixture in ASDA Stores throughout the UK

    Nov 09, 2017
    Following two successful promotions last year, ASDA, the UK’s second largest retailer, has added U.S. long grain rice to its permanent inventory.
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  • More Options Now Available for Rice Fortification

    Nov 08, 2017
    Key stakeholders and decision makers in U.S. food aid policy recently determined that rinse resistant coated fortified rice is similar in nutrient delivery to extruded fortified rice. While extruded fortified rice is already available for use in global food assistance programs, implementing agencies can expect to see a revised commodity requirements document for both kinds of fortified rice no later than January 2018.
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  • Treasury and State Departments Tighten Restrictions on Cuba Relations

    Nov 08, 2017
    The other shoe dropped on U.S.-Cuba relations today when the U.S. Treasury Department released follow-up guidance to President Trump’s June announcement that he would be tightening sanctions and travel restrictions on Cuba.
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  • Elimination of Certain Co-op Deductions Could Doom Proposed Tax Reform Legislation

    Nov 07, 2017
    Last Thursday Congressman Kevin Brady (R-TX), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, introduced a huge tax reform bill he says will simplify the tax code, lower individual rates, and create jobs. The “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” includes several obvious wins for agriculture including the repeal of the estate tax and maintaining stepped-up basis for the inheritance of farm property, however, there are still questions about how beneficial the tax plan will be for farmers and ag businesses.
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  • Ninth Annual Yellow Rails & Rice Festival Celebrates Louisiana’s Working Wetlands

    Nov 06, 2017
    Every year around early November, birders, researchers, and wildlife conservationists from around the world converge on rice fields near here to witness the migration of a very special bird: the yellow rail.
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  • USA Rice Hosts Ag Delegation from Brazil

    Nov 03, 2017
    Today, USA Rice met with staff from Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture and the National Health Surveillance Agency of Brazil (their equivalent of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration) as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Cochran Fellowship program which provides short-term training opportunities to agricultural professionals.
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