• USA Rice Outlines Farm Bill Priorities at Senate Ag Committee Hearing

    Jul 25, 2017
    This morning the Senate Committee on Agriculture held a hearing on Commodities, Credit, and Crop Insurance: Perspectives on Risk Management Tools and Trends for the 2018 Farm Bill, and Jennifer James, an Arkansas rice farmer and chairman of the USA Rice Sustainability Committee, testified on behalf of the U.S. rice industry.
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  • USA Rice Delegation Sits Down with Iraq’s Minister of Trade

    Jul 24, 2017
    A USA Rice delegation representing four of the largest U.S. long grain rice exporters met here last week for high-level talks with Iraq’s acting Minister of Trade, Dr. Salman Al-Jumaili. The delegation focused its discussions with the Minister on gaining additional access to Iraq for U.S.-grown rice under the current U.S.-Iraq Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
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  • Louisiana’s Jemison Handing the Reins to Webb

    Jul 21, 2017
    As Randy Jemison steps down, Kane Webb rises.
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  • U.S., China Sign Historic Rice Protocol

    Jul 20, 2017
    U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and China’s Vice Premier Wang Yang today signed a long-stalled phytosanitary protocol that will permit the import of U.S. milled rice into China.
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  • U.S. Rice Exports Shine in 2017

    Jul 19, 2017
    During the first 5 months of CY2017, total U.S. rice exports (converted basis) were 23 percent ahead of exports during the same period of 2016 in volume and 10 percent ahead in value.
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  • U.S. NAFTA Renegotiation Objectives in Line with USA Rice Positions

    Jul 18, 2017
    USTR ag priorities for NAFTA renegotiation are in line with USA Rice objectives.
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  • Flood Assistance Available for Louisiana Rice Producers

    Jul 17, 2017
    Following flooding, some 2017 replanting expenses will be covered for rice farmers in some parishes in Louisiana.
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  • USA Rice Celebrates Thousands Serving Billions of School Lunches

    Jul 14, 2017
    More than five billion lunches are served each year in U.S. schools and nearly 6,000 of the men and women responsible for those nutritious meals gathered here this week for the School Nutrition Association’s (SNA) Annual National Conference. As U.S.-grown rice is a staple on those lunch menus, so too is USA Rice a staple at the conference with a popular interactive booth where staff celebrates the nation’s dedicated school foodservice providers and distributes rice information, recipes, and prizes.
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  • Costa Rica Gets a Taste of Cajun Cooking

    Jul 13, 2017
    Late last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture hosted a cooking event with the U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica Stafford Haney. USA Rice was one of the groups that supported this culinary diplomacy event, which shared Cajun cooking with Costa Rican chefs and consumers. Chef Ryan Hughes and Ambassador Haney cooked a Cajun chicken étoufée, utilizing U.S. rice.
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  • WASDE Report Released

    Jul 12, 2017
    U.S. 2017/18 all rice supplies are lowered 9.5 million cwt to 261.6 million on a production decrease, which is partially offset by slightly higher imports. Long grain production is lowered 5.6 million cwt and combined medium/short grain production is lowered 4.1 million cwt. The production decrease stems from a 123,000 acre reduction in harvested area, reflecting the floods that occurred in Northeast Arkansas and the bootheel of Missouri as well as excessive moisture in California at planting time.
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