• USA Rice Wants GM Rice from China to Stay There

    Jan 30, 2018
    Last week, Chinese news agencies excitedly reported on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granting approval to an experimental genetically modified rice strain, Huahui-1. USA Rice does not share their excitement and does not want the GM rice to enter the United States.
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  • Eye on China

    Oct 03, 2017
    China, the world’s largest producer and consumer of rice, is focused on increasing its already large share of rice cultivation and exports. In 2016/17, China’s milled rice exports nearly tripled from the previous year driven by large shipments to many African countries on commercial terms as well as for donations. Ending stocks are forecast to increase to 6.1 million tons to 75.53 million tons (milled rice basis) more than 52 percent of annual usage and about 13 times the size of the projected 2017 U.S. rice harvest.
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  • USA Rice Explores E-Commerce Potential in Chinese Market

    Sep 19, 2017
    While the U.S. rice industry anxiously awaits entry into the Chinese market, USA Rice is reaching out to various importers and sellers of rice in the e-commerce business there. E-commerce is a huge platform in China; last year, there were USD$744 billion in ecommerce sales, a 40 percent increase from the prior year. Alibaba controls about 60 percent of that market – the next largest company is JD.com with a 25 percent share.
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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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  • Trump Trade Team Locked and Loaded with Lighthizer

    May 12, 2017
    President Trump’s trade team was rounded out yesterday when the man at the top, Robert Lighthizer, was finally confirmed by the Senate to become the U.S. Trade Representative.
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  • U.S. Government Takes Twin Actions on Chinese Trade Distorting Policies

    Dec 15, 2016
    The Obama Administration has announced two separate but complementary agriculture trade enforcement actions at the World Trade Organization (WTO) against policies of China. Both actions relate to wheat, corn and rice.
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  • The Rice Market Anomaly That Is China

    Oct 28, 2016
    According to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), global rice production declined by 6.65 million tons in 2015/16, which USDA reports led to reduced consumption of rice in animal feeds and to some extent in food, particularly in India and Thailand. That situation was reversed in the latest USDA forecast with production forecasted to rebound by 11.17 million tons in 2016/17 to a new record of 482.26 million tons. Ending stocks are forecasted to rise 5.1 million tons to 120.7 million tons or a little more than 25 percent of consumption.
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  • U.S. Government Taking China to Task on Trade Distorting Policies

    Sep 13, 2016
    USA Rice President and CEO Betsy Ward attended a press conference here today where the Obama Administration announced plans to launch a trade enforcement action against China at the World Trade Organization (WTO) challenging trade-distorting domestic supports for three key crops: corn, wheat, and rice.
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  • U.S. Government Asks USA Rice to Help Prepare for Exports to China

    Dec 04, 2015
    The U.S. and China have yet to formally sign the long-in-the-works phytosanitary agreement that will allow Chinese firms to begin importing U.S.-grown rice, but with many thinking that final step is imminent, work continues to get everything else in place. For years, USA Rice has been participating in appropriate food shows and exhibitions in China, developing relationships with the trade there, and bringing Chinese officials to the U.S. to introduce them to the industry here. Now the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), the agency handling the negotiations and responsible for the import and export regulatory framework of agriculture products to and from the United States, has asked USA Rice to begin compiling a list of mills and warehouses in the U.S. that are both interested in, and ultimately capable of, exporting rice to China.
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  • U.S. Rice Impresses Chef at Food & Hotel Food Show in China

    Nov 20, 2015
    Last week, USA Rice participated in the Food and Hotel China 2015 international exhibition here.
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