• Arkansas Ag Committee Discusses Fake Rice, Begins Drafting Resolution

    Dec 06, 2017
    Yesterday, Arkansas Rice Federation Executive Director Lauren Waldrip Ward testified before the Arkansas Joint Senate and House Committee on Agriculture on the industry's concern of a current food trend where vegetables are being "riced" and marketed as a "more healthy" form of rice.
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  • Underreporting of Rice Exports Cause for Concern

    Dec 05, 2017
    In a recent meeting with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), USA Rice members heard an update on export sales reporting - a federal requirement for exporters of specific commodities, including rice. On a weekly basis, exporters are mandated to report any contract for export sales entered into or subsequently modified during the reporting period.
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  • New USDA Undersecretary for Trade Travels to Colombia, Meets with USA Rice

    Dec 04, 2017
    USA Rice’s South and Central America representative, Ernesto Baron, met with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Undersecretary for Trade & Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney during his visit to Colombia last week. McKinney’s trip to Colombia marks one of the undersecretary’s first visits to a trading partner since being appointed to the newly created role in October.
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  • USA Rice Outlook Conference Tackles Grain Bin Safety

    Dec 01, 2017
    According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, 2010 was the worst year on record for grain bin engulfments and fatalities – 31 people died and hundreds more were injured. And as more storage bins are built, the opportunity for potentially tragic accidents increases.
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  • Innovation on Display at USA Rice Outlook Conference

    Nov 30, 2017
    They say everything is bigger in Texas, and that goes for the 2017 USA Rice Outlook Conference too! Valuable programming has been packed into each day with exciting speakers, educational sessions, and a bustling exhibit hall featuring The Rice Foundation Innovation Stage.
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  • TV Chef Sara Moulton’s Weeknight Meals Goes to Arkansas

    Nov 29, 2017
    TV celebrity chef Sara Moulton visited rice country for a second time last spring to film an episode for the latest season of her series, Sara’s Weeknight Meals. Her New York-based production team joined up with technical and culinary crews out of Little Rock to take over 5 Oaks Lodge here for the episode called “Arkansas Eats.”
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  • International Rice Leadership Class Travels to Nicaragua and Colombia

    Nov 28, 2017
    Earlier this month, the 2017 International Rice Leadership Class visited several rice production operations, processing facilities, and public and private research stations in Nicaragua and Colombia.
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  • The Rice Foundation is First-Time Grant Recipient for Risk Management Education Programs

    Nov 27, 2017
    USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) provides funding for organizations in the form of cooperative agreements to provide education and training nationwide. Earlier this year RMA awarded 52 cooperative agreements under the Risk Management Education Partnerships Program, and The Rice Foundation was one of nine first-time award recipients.
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  • USDA's McKinney Emphasizes Finding New Markets for U.S. Ag Products

    Nov 22, 2017
    USDA Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney has stressed the importance of looking for new trading partners in emerging markets, saying the U.S.'s current trading partners alone will not provide the growth in exports required and expected.
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  • The Smart Way to Promote U.S.-Grown Rice

    Nov 21, 2017
    U.S.-grown rice had a strong presence at the Live the Smart Way Expo in Canada.
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