• 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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  • USDA and USAID Laud Rice Success Story

    Mar 15, 2018
    Last month, members of the USA Rice Food Aid Subcommittee met with key leadership staff from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Food for Peace and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Assistance Division to discuss the increased use of fortified rice in global feeding programs.
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  • New Fortified Rice Document Hints at Increased Tonnage in 2018

    Jan 04, 2018
    For the past three years, USA Rice has worked closely with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and their partner, The World Food Programme (WFP) to help formulate specifications for a nutritionally superior rice product for use in global food assistance programs. At long last, the dialogue, field testing, and peer review, has borne fruit as USAID recently announced the publication of a new commodity specification document for the procurement of fortified rice that can address not just hunger but the long-term debilitating effects of malnutrition.
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  • More Options Now Available for Rice Fortification

    Nov 08, 2017
    Key stakeholders and decision makers in U.S. food aid policy recently determined that rinse resistant coated fortified rice is similar in nutrient delivery to extruded fortified rice. While extruded fortified rice is already available for use in global food assistance programs, implementing agencies can expect to see a revised commodity requirements document for both kinds of fortified rice no later than January 2018.
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  • Senate Hearing Attacks Food Aid Status Quo

    Oct 27, 2017
    Senator Corker (R-TN) used a hearing on food aid to blast some aspects of the programs.
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  • U.S. Agriculture’s Role Vital to International Peace Process

    Sep 22, 2017
    Earlier this week, USA Rice staff attended the quarterly Agribusiness Club luncheon here featuring Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA) who serves on the House Agriculture Committee and the House Rules Committee, and has been a longtime supporter of agriculture, championing the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the International Food for Peace (FFP) program.
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  • New GAO Report Analyzes Global Food Aid Programs

    Sep 06, 2017
    In response to a request from House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conway, the Government Accounting Office (GAO) recently released a report analyzing the impact of U.S. global food aid programs. The report comes at a critical time for U.S. food assistance programs whose funding levels have been the subject of frequent debates as part of the annual budget process.
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  • Congressional Hearing Slams Proposed Food Aid Cuts

    Jun 09, 2017
    Earlier this week the House Committee on Agriculture convened a hearing on the FY2018 budget proposal from President Trump that calls for the elimination of both the Food for Peace and McGovern-Dole Food For Education food assistance programs. The slate of witnesses represented almost every aspect of the food assistance delivery chain from farmer to processor, implementer (humanitarian organizations and Private Voluntary Organizations (PVOs)), and the maritime industry that brings the commodities from U.S. ports to their final destinations.
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  • Food Aid Funding Fight in Future

    May 09, 2017
    The recently passed Fiscal Year 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill included $2 billion for food aid programs that the U.S. rice industry supports, but signals from the Trump Administration indicate American humanitarian efforts may not exist in the future.
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  • GAO Report Confirms USAID Using Cash More Than Commodities; More Flexibility Likely Unnecessary

    Apr 14, 2017
    Earlier this week, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), a nonpartisan agency known as the “supreme auditor” for the federal government, released a report evaluating food aid oversight and implementation.
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