• Trendy Poké Dishes Begin with Quality Rice

    Mar 27, 2018
    A trend toward eating a healthy diet and natural ingredients has helped elevate poké – a raw fish salad – to one of the most popular street foods in major urban areas. Native to Hawaii, poké (pronounced poh-KAY) features marinated sushi-grade fish served with vegetables over a base of rice. As poké grows in popularity, so should U.S. rice consumption, and this dish is forecasted to remain on-trend in 2018.
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  • In Louisiana with the Rice Leadership Class, Session One

    Mar 26, 2018
    The Rice Leadership Development Program toured the LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station and visited a crawfish farming operation on March 22. The group was treated to crawfish at the farm of Christian and Julie Richard the previous night. At the station, the group learned about the ongoing research activities conducted there. One of the presentations was made by a member of the leadership class, Adam Famoso, a rice breeder at the station. The group toured the Crowley plant of JohnPac, which makes woven bags for rice and other products worldwide, and rode on a crawfish boat at the Zaunbrecher Brothers Farm near Rayne.
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  • The U.S. and China Trade Actions

    Mar 23, 2018
    The U.S. and China have exchanged salvos adding fuel to fears of escalating trade sanctions between the two largest global economies. Yesterday, the Trump Administration announced another action in the President’s efforts to “rebalance the U.S.-China trade relationship,” and China began the retaliation process to Trump’s previous action on steel and aluminum imports.
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  • USA Rice Meets with Grain Chain Coalition Prior to 2020 DGA Deadline

    Mar 23, 2018
    This week, USA Rice staff attended a meeting of the “Grain Chain,” an industry coalition, to discuss development of the 2020 U.S. Dietary Guidelines, the Grain Chain’s drafted comments for submission to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and ongoing industry activities to promote grain foods to consumers and influencers.
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  • Trade is Topic #1 at Ag Summit

    Mar 22, 2018
    Ag industry leaders and administration officials braved the weather on Wednesday despite federal snow cancellations to discuss trade policy, ag outlooks, and biotech issues at the Agri-Pulse Ag & Food Policy Summit.
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  • Omnibus Spending Bill Clears House; Senate Passage Due Friday to Avoid Shutdown

    Mar 22, 2018
    Today, the House passed a $1.3 trillion omnibus appropriations bill that funds the federal government through September 30. The text was released just last night, setting up a sprint to pass the legislation before Friday evening to avert another government shutdown.
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  • Arkansas Approves Resolution to Establish Identity for Rice, Protect Consumers

    Mar 21, 2018
    This week, Governor Asa Hutchinson signed a resolution to establish a standard of identity for rice using the common understanding of the term “rice.” The resolution outlines measures the State legislature will take to establish a definition of rice that aligns with international standards.
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  • Overseas USA Rice Partners with Importers to Boost Sales, Foster Relationships

    Mar 20, 2018
    USA Rice conducts more than 2,700 promotional activities in almost 25 countries each year to support the sales of U.S. rice abroad. Rice industry funds help augment the money received from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) program to conduct these activities, and an excellent indicator of the activities’ effectiveness is the willingness of local brands to also contribute their own funds to the efforts.
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  • U.S. Rice Industry Stands to Lose from Trump Tariffs

    Mar 19, 2018
    The U.S. rice industry could suffer from retaliatory tariffs in response to proposed steel and aluminum import tariffs, according to a study released last week by economists at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
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  • USA Rice Instagram Campaign Urges Everyone to Have a Healthy Heart

    Mar 16, 2018
    In February, USA Rice partnered with 12 social media influencers in honor of American Heart Health Month to promote the health benefits of U.S.-grown rice. This strategy used visual storytelling via Instagram to raise awareness and highlight the significant role U.S.-grown rice can play in attaining or maintaining a healthy heart.
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