• First Anniversary of Reestablished Relations with Cuba

    Jul 08, 2016
    Yesterday, USA Rice staff attended a reception at the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba here to commemorate the first anniversary of reestablishing diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States.
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  • Rice Industry Cautiously Optimistic for Removal of Ag Financing Barriers with Cuba

    Jul 07, 2016
    In a swarm of legislative activity by Congress over the past three days, Rep. Rick Crawford (R-AR) last night withdrew his amendment to the House’s FY 2017 Financial Services Appropriations Bill that would have removed the restrictions on private financing by U.S. businesses for the sale of agricultural products to Cuba. Crawford’s effort to improve the underlying legislation had gained significant bipartisan support amongst several Members of Congress over the last two weeks since the amendment was first introduced.
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  • USA Rice Relationship with Cuba Deepens

    Jun 23, 2016
    This morning, the minister counselor for the Cuban Embassy’s Economic and Trade Office in Washington, DC, Rubén Ramos Arrieta met with USA Rice staff to discuss details of the growing partnership between the U.S. rice industry and Cuba.
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  • Past USA Rice Chairman Highlights Rice’s Role in Cuba

    Jun 22, 2016
    The Louisiana Álliance for Cuba met here today for the “Doing Business in Cuba Summit” where Farmers Rice Milling Company CEO Jamie Warshaw shared the rice industry’s perspective.
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  • Texas Rice Industry Steps Up to Pressure Congress on Cuba

    Jun 17, 2016
    Yesterday, Washington, DC-based Engage Cuba, an advocacy group dedicated to ending the travel and trade embargo of Cuba, launched their eighth State Council for Cuba here with an impressive list of 40 business leaders from a wide array of industries and sectors around the state.
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  • Cuba and Rice Spotlighted During Ways and Means Trade Hearing

    Jun 15, 2016
    Yesterday, the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade held an agriculture-focused hearing on expansion and eliminating barriers for U.S. agricultural exports.
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  • USA Rice Lunch with Cuban Delegation Yields Results

    Jun 02, 2016
    USA Rice President & CEO Betsy Ward hosted a private lunch meeting here today for visiting Cuban dignitaries including Minister of Agriculture Gustavo Rodríguez Rollero, Cuban Ambassador to the United States José Ramón Cabañas Rodríguez, and several top agriculture officials to discuss normalizing trade between the United States and Cuba.
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  • USA Rice Continues Work to Open Trade with Cuba

    May 31, 2016
    USA Rice Vice President of Government Affairs Ben Mosely spent last week here as part of a delegation of members from the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC). Rice was by far the most popular topic of discussion during the many meetings held with various departments of Cuban government, farmer cooperatives, importing agencies, and the ports system.
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  • Louisiana Farmers Push Legislators on Trade with Cuba

    May 26, 2016
    Yesterday, Louisiana rice farmers and USA Rice members Eric Unkel and Jeffrey Sylvester spent the day here visiting their Members of Congress and participating in the White House briefing on “Business Opportunities in Cuba.”
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  • USA Rice’s Mosely Named USACC Legislative Committee Chair

    May 06, 2016
    This week, the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC) selected USA Rice Vice President of Government Affairs Ben Mosely as a co-chair of its Legislative Committee. The Legislative Committee works to manage the Coalition’s collective federal lobbying efforts to remove financing and trade barriers currently in place with Cuba.
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