• 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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  • USA Rice Hosts Chinese Delegation

    Nov 03, 2015
    A twenty-member delegation headed by China’s State Administration of Grain visited USA Rice yesterday for an in-depth discussion of USA Rice’s mission and promotion activities, and the U.S. rice industry. Representatives from the national government based in Beijing as well as members of provincial and local grain administration groups made up the group.
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  • USA Rice Awarded Funding to Bring Chinese Officials to the U.S.

    Sep 23, 2015
    Working out next stepsUSA Rice was notified today that our Emerging Markets Program (EMP) proposal budgeted at $61,000 to bring Chinese officials to the U.S. has been approved for funding in FY 2015. The purpose of the visit, scheduled to take place soon after a phytosanitary protocol has been reached with the Chinese, is for the officials to survey a number of rice mills interested in exporting rice to China. This market survey is required by the protocol and envisioned as the last step before rice can be legally imported by buyers in China.
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  • APHIS Sets the Record Straight on China Phytosanitary Deal

    Sep 17, 2015
    We will sell no rice before it's timeIn a conference call with USA Rice staff yesterday, high ranking officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed that the phytosanitary protocol between the United States and China has not been finalized.
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  • Update: U.S./China Phytosanitary Agreement

    Sep 14, 2015
    The phytosanitary protocol that promises to pave the way for export trade with China appears to be tracking toward a successful resolution, maybe as soon as next week when China’s President Xi Jinping is scheduled to visit the United States. However, USDA’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) said this afternoon they are awaiting agreement on the language of the protocol from AQSIQ, their counterpart in China, before the deal can be finalized.
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