• USDA Releases Farm Bill & Legislative Principles

    Jan 24, 2018
    Today, Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue unveiled the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Bill & Legislative Principles for Congress to consider as they craft the Farm Bill and other legislation impacting rural America. The principles cover a wide array of USDA’s mission areas, including farm production and conservation, trade and foreign agricultural affairs, marketing and regulatory programs, food safety and inspection services, and rural development.
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  • Amid Talk of Trade and Next Farm Bill, Trump Attends Farm Bureau Conference to Give Ag a Boost

    Jan 09, 2018
    During the recent American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Convention here, President Zippy Duvall convened a special meeting for a select group of nationally recognized commodity and farm organizations to facilitate dialogue around the wide array of farm bill priorities and to identify common ground among the diverse group. USA Rice was among the exclusive list of participants, along with executives from every major commodity organization, presidents of state farm bureau chapters, and Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS), as well as staff from Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue’s office.
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  • Will Anything Ever Satisfy Farm Critics? No

    Oct 05, 2017
    For decades, agriculture’s adversaries have said “no” to almost any policy that helped farmers.
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  • Farm Policy Critics Gather

    Oct 05, 2017
    Groups from both sides of the political aisle met yesterday to discuss how they can collectively attack the next Farm Bill when it is introduced.
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  • Louisiana Farmer Represents U.S. Rice Industry at Farm Bill Listening Session

    Oct 02, 2017
    Last Friday, more than 200 farmers and stakeholders weighed in on their priorities at a 2018 Farm Bill Listening Session hosted by Congressman Ralph Abraham (R-LA) that included three panels of industry leaders from government, farming, and related industries.
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  • USA Rice Outlines Farm Bill Priorities at Senate Ag Committee Hearing

    Jul 25, 2017
    This morning the Senate Committee on Agriculture held a hearing on Commodities, Credit, and Crop Insurance: Perspectives on Risk Management Tools and Trends for the 2018 Farm Bill, and Jennifer James, an Arkansas rice farmer and chairman of the USA Rice Sustainability Committee, testified on behalf of the U.S. rice industry.
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  • USA Rice Outlines Commodity Title Priorities Before House Ag Subcommittee

    Apr 04, 2017
    Blake Gerard, a rice farmer from Cape Girardeau, MO and chairman of the USA Rice Farmers Board of Directors and USA Rice Government Affairs Committee testified before a Subcommittee of the House Agriculture Committee on behalf of the U.S. rice industry.
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  • Farm Bill Opinions a Mixed Bag at Event

    Apr 03, 2017
    While most of Washington’s agriculture organizations and their memberships throughout rural America are optimistic about farm policy, the future of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the outlook of a strong safety net in the 2018 Farm Bill, recent gatherings here indicate that a resistance effort is brewing.
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  • One-Day Summit Brings Farm Bill into Focus

    Mar 21, 2017
    The Farm Bill Summit, hosted by Agri-Pulse, at the National Press Club yesterday provided insight on the conversations developing around the next Farm Bill. The summit consisted of several panel discussions on topics ranging from “Conservation: What Works, What Doesn’t in Farm Policy” to “How The Farm Bill Can Help Bring the Next Generation Back to the Farm Through Investments in Infrastructure, Research, and Rural Development.”
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  • Ag Groups Request Additional Resources Ahead of 2018 Farm Bill

    Mar 16, 2017
    USA Rice joined 16 other agriculture groups in a letter to Chairmen and Ranking Members of the Committees on Budget and Appropriations yesterday to express their concerns over budget cuts to the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the need for more resources to help farmers throughout America.
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