• USA Rice Mission to China Seen as Next Step to Market Access

    Apr 12, 2018
    While news on U.S.-China trade relations has been tense of late, USA Rice continues to press for market access. A leadership delegation with representatives from Arkansas, Louisiana, and California leaves for China this weekend to meet with U.S. embassy and Chinese government officials and members of China’s rice trade to continue to make the case for U.S. rice.
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  • USA Rice Briefs House Ag on Rice in Food Aid Programs

    Apr 11, 2018
    Yesterday, USA Rice joined a select panel of commodity organizations to brief House Agriculture Committee Members’ staff on U.S. food aid programs and the central role the U.S. agriculture industry plays in supporting those programs. Specifically, the groups warned that any attempts to reduce program funding, or shift funding away from the procurement of U.S. commodities and products would diminish Congressional support of the programs by farm state lawmakers and would be strongly opposed.
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  • Brazil Reactivates Domestic Support Programs as Exports to the U.S. Rise

    Apr 11, 2018
    Exports of Brazilian rice to the United States have jumped nearly 60 percent in the first two months of 2018 over the same time period last year. On the heels of that news, Brazil has rebooted two dormant rice support policies that USA Rice says appear to be being used to push their export prices below production costs in direct violation of World Trade Organization (WTO) obligations.
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  • U.S. Rice Sustainability Message Makes a Big Splash at STEM Festival

    Apr 10, 2018
    Last weekend, Mars Food joined 3,000 exhibitors here at the USA Science and Engineering Festival to highlight careers they offer in STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology, and Mathematics) and to showcase their commitment to ag science and sustainability. The company’s rice unit, Uncle Ben’s and Seeds of Change, were front and center.
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  • WASDE Report Released

    Apr 10, 2018
    U.S. 2017/18 rice ending stocks are raised 4.1 million cwt to 33.3 million, mostly on decreased exports. These ending stock levels still remain below the 5-year average. The 4-million-cwt decrease in exports is divided evenly between long-grain and medium- and short-grain. Rough and milled rice exports are also lowered by 3 and 1 million cwt, respectively.
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  • USA Rice Welcomes New Member

    Apr 09, 2018
    USA Rice welcomes Red Top Rice Growers, headquartered in Biggs, California, as a Federation Industry Partner. Founded in 1958, the company specializes in rice drying services.
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  • Government Affairs Team Adds New Staff

    Apr 09, 2018
    Jamison Cruce joined USA Rice today as a Manager in the Government Affairs Department. The Georgia native earned his B.S. in Agriculture at the University of Georgia, and worked for the Georgia Peanut Commission before moving to Washington, DC, two and a half years ago.
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  • USDA Implements up to $2.36 Billion to Help Agricultural Producers Recover after 2017 Hurricanes and Wildfires

    Apr 06, 2018
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will make disaster payments of up to $2.36 billion, as provided by Congress, to help America’s farmers and ranchers recover from hurricanes and wildfires. The funds are available as part of the new 2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program (2017 WHIP). Sign-up for the new program, authorized by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, will begin no later than July 16.
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  • U.S. Rice Common Thread in Traditional Southern Cuisine

    Apr 06, 2018
    Two new cookbooks are exploring the relationship between rice and the traditional cuisine of regions in the South. Secrets of the Southern Table: A Food Lover's Tour of the Global South by Virginia Willis takes readers on a vivid sensory journey through Louisiana rice country, while The Austin Cookbook by Paula Forbes is a love letter to the land of barbecue, breakfast tacos, and Tex-Mex.
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  • Popularity of Peruvian Fare Could Boost Demand for Rice

    Apr 05, 2018
    The National Restaurant Association listed Peruvian cuisine as one of the top 20 food trends for 2018 and while Peruvian food is not new to the U.S. market, what is new is the way chefs and restaurateurs are pushing the boundaries of Peruvian cuisine.
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