• Mexico Opens Door to U.S. Competitors

    Jan 16, 2018
    Amidst tense renegotiations and rhetoric around the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the government of Mexico (GOM) has announced a tariff rate quota (TRQ) for rice of 150,000 metric tons (MT) each for calendar year 2018 and calendar year 2019. Under the TRQ, rice can be imported in any form (paddy, milled) and avoid the 20 percent duty on milled rice or the 9 percent duty on paddy rice. This TRQ is identical in amount, terms, and purpose as took place in 2017.
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  • U.S. Ag to USTR: Defend U.S. Agriculture at WTO Ministerial Meeting

    Dec 08, 2017
    While the media’s trade attention is on the U.S.-China trade deficit or efforts to modernize the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the World Trade Organization (WTO) is set to hold its 11th Ministerial Meeting next week in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Ministerials happen every two years and are important because they chart the course and work plan of the organization. USA Rice and many U.S. commodity groups sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Lighthizer Thursday, urging a strong U.S. stand at the Ministerial in the areas of domestic agricultural support, public stockholding, and dispute settlement.
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  • Underreporting of Rice Exports Cause for Concern

    Dec 05, 2017
    In a recent meeting with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), USA Rice members heard an update on export sales reporting - a federal requirement for exporters of specific commodities, including rice. On a weekly basis, exporters are mandated to report any contract for export sales entered into or subsequently modified during the reporting period.
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  • USDA's McKinney Emphasizes Finding New Markets for U.S. Ag Products

    Nov 22, 2017
    USDA Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney has stressed the importance of looking for new trading partners in emerging markets, saying the U.S.'s current trading partners alone will not provide the growth in exports required and expected.
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  • Boozman Urges Trump Administration to More Fully Analyze Economic Impact to Ag of NAFTA Changes

    Nov 21, 2017
    Senator John Boozman (R-AR) led a bipartisan group of senators in sending a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross requesting that the Administration review how any changes to NAFTA would affect the agriculture industry.
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  • USA Rice Hosts Ag Delegation from Brazil

    Nov 03, 2017
    Today, USA Rice met with staff from Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture and the National Health Surveillance Agency of Brazil (their equivalent of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration) as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Cochran Fellowship program which provides short-term training opportunities to agricultural professionals.
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  • Ag Groups Say a NAFTA Withdrawal Notice Would Cause 'Immediate' Harm

    Nov 02, 2017
    Last week, a coalition of more than 80 major food and agricultural industry groups, including USA Rice, responded to President Trump's threat to send a notice to Congress to withdraw from NAFTA and recent comments by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross that the potential danger of a NAFTA withdrawal to U.S. agricultural producers is an "empty threat." The groups warned that if the administration issues the notice to pressure Canada and Mexico into meeting U.S. demands, it risks causing substantial harm to the U.S. economy.
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  • USA Rice Asks for Government Crackdown on Mislabeled Rice Products

    Oct 17, 2017
    It’s only natural for manufacturers, competing for the ever-dwindling attention of consumers, to make product claims to set theirs apart. But a rise in these statements that range from the incredulous to the spurious has forced USA Rice to bring several of these claims to the attention of U.S. government agencies that monitor and regulate food.
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  • USA Rice Meets with WTO Delegations Ahead of Ministerial

    Sep 25, 2017
    The World Trade Organization (WTO) has been out of the news for a while. Bickering between developing and developed countries over who should cut tariffs and farm subsidies more, and divisions over compliance and enforcement of existing WTO trade rules have all but stopped negotiating progress among the 164 members.
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  • Federation of European Rice Millers Meeting Presents Global Challenges, Recognizes U.S. Sustainability Efforts

    Sep 11, 2017
    More than 140 rice industry executives from 15 countries gathered here last week for the 2017 European Rice Convention to discuss sustainability, consumer trends, and agricultural policy, specifically against the backdrop of Brexit, the withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU).
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