• Rice Acreage Report Released

    Jun 29, 2018
    According to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), area planted to rice in 2018 is estimated at 2.84 million acres, up 15 percent from 2017. Area for harvest is forecast at 2.80 million acres, up 18 percent from last year. Acreage increased from last year in all rice-producing states mainly due to lower prices for competing commodities.
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  • The “James Gang” Rides Again in Louisiana Rice Country

    Jun 28, 2018
    The end of June has been busy in Louisiana rice country. As July approaches, so does the start of harvest, and it’s also time for the annual Louisiana Farm Bureau Convention in New Orleans followed by several industry-related events, including the Louisiana State University (LSU) Ag Center Field Day in Crowley.
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  • Rice Farmers Recognized for Sustainability, Innovation

    Jun 28, 2018
    Field to Market, the Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, convened here this week for their summer plenary, and to announce the 2018 Farmer Spotlights, an award conveyed upon innovative farmers engaging in continuous operations improvements and utilizing Field to Market’s Field Print Calculator.
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  • USA Rice Taps New Distribution Channel for U.S. Medium Grain in Japan

    Jun 27, 2018
    Shokuryu Co., Ltd., a nationwide food wholesaler of seafood items here, recently added U.S. medium grain to their product line for their sushi-related customers. Earlier this month, the company hosted their first trade exhibition and USA Rice was there showcasing seafood dishes including a rice bowl and salad-style sushi, and introducing a “new style” sushi concept using U.S. medium grain rice.
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  • Rice Leadership Session II: How To on Trade, Equipment, and Media Training

    Jun 26, 2018
    During their second session last week, the 2018-20 Rice Leadership Development Class traveled to Illinois, Arkansas, and Mississippi to learn about the rice futures market, communication skills, and rice production in the Mid-South.
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  • Redner’s Partnership Yields Impressive Results, Boosts U.S.-Grown Rice Sales

    Jun 25, 2018
    The numbers are in and USA Rice’s spring partnership with the retail dietitians of Redner’s supermarket chain to promote U.S.-grown rice across all their sixty four locations in Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania was a big success.
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  • 2018 Farm Bill Passes House; Senate Version Next Up

    Jun 22, 2018
    Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed its version of the Farm Bill, The Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2), by a vote of 213-211, with no Democrats supporting the bill.
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  • Grand Debut for USA Rice at Alimentec

    Jun 21, 2018
    The 10th annual Alimentec International Food Trade Fair took place here earlier this month and for the first time USA Rice was an exhibitor.
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  • Trade Mission to Japan Points to Market Opportunities

    Jun 20, 2018
    USA Rice Asia Promotion Programs Director Jim Guinn participated in a trade mission to Japan last week, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and led by Under Secretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney. This mission, with approximately 100 participants, was the largest in USDA history.
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  • EPA Staff Explores California Rice Country

    Jun 19, 2018
    Last week USA Rice and the California Rice Commission (CRC) hosted five staff from across the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Pesticide Programs to experience rice growing and milling in California firsthand.
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