• 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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  • Ag Groups Say a NAFTA Withdrawal Notice Would Cause 'Immediate' Harm

    Nov 02, 2017
    Last week, a coalition of more than 80 major food and agricultural industry groups, including USA Rice, responded to President Trump's threat to send a notice to Congress to withdraw from NAFTA and recent comments by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross that the potential danger of a NAFTA withdrawal to U.S. agricultural producers is an "empty threat." The groups warned that if the administration issues the notice to pressure Canada and Mexico into meeting U.S. demands, it risks causing substantial harm to the U.S. economy.
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  • USA Rice Exhibits at 100th Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo

    Nov 01, 2017
    Last week, more than 10,000 dietitians, nutrition science researchers, policy makers, healthcare providers, and food industry leaders from around the world gathered here to attend the 100th anniversary of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ annual Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE). As an exhibitor, USA Rice promoted U.S. rice messaging, addressed nutrition and food safety questions, and distributed educational materials to conference attendees.
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  • USDA Announces Enrollment Period for Safety Net Coverage in 2018

    Oct 31, 2017
    On Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that starting November 1, 2017, farmers with base acres enrolled in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage safety net program can enroll for the 2018 crop year. Producers who have enrolled in ARC and PLC programs in the past are reminded that they must still enroll during the 2018 enrollment period. The 2018 enrollment period will end on August 1, 2018.
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  • World Market Price Meeting Takes Full Advantage of Capital Setting

    Oct 31, 2017
    USA Rice’s World Market Price Subcommittee (WMP) met here last week and took full advantage of having leadership from all segments of the rice industry in our nation’s capital.
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