• Training Day for Foreign Ag Service

    Apr 23, 2018
    Last week, USA Rice participated in a “Meet the Cooperators” seminar series led by the U.S. Agricultural Export Development Council (USAEDC) to provide training to approximately 30 new foreign service personnel and other staff at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). These annual seminars provide opportunities for local trade associations to educate USDA staff about our organizations and how we work together to increase exports of rice.
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  • USDA Staffs Up with New Appointments

    Apr 20, 2018
    Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the selection of several senior leaders within U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) agencies. Perdue appointed Ken Isley as Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Administrator, where among many other priorities he will oversee the Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) programs that help build and maintain overseas markets for U.S. agriculture.
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  • WASDE Report Released

    Apr 10, 2018
    U.S. 2017/18 rice ending stocks are raised 4.1 million cwt to 33.3 million, mostly on decreased exports. These ending stock levels still remain below the 5-year average. The 4-million-cwt decrease in exports is divided evenly between long-grain and medium- and short-grain. Rough and milled rice exports are also lowered by 3 and 1 million cwt, respectively.
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  • USDA Implements up to $2.36 Billion to Help Agricultural Producers Recover after 2017 Hurricanes and Wildfires

    Apr 06, 2018
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will make disaster payments of up to $2.36 billion, as provided by Congress, to help America’s farmers and ranchers recover from hurricanes and wildfires. The funds are available as part of the new 2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program (2017 WHIP). Sign-up for the new program, authorized by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, will begin no later than July 16.
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  • USDA Estimates Rice Acreage Up 9 Percent, Less than Expected

    Mar 29, 2018
    According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service's Prospective Plantings report released today, acreage will be higher, but not by very much.
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  • USA Rice Meets with Grain Chain Coalition Prior to 2020 DGA Deadline

    Mar 23, 2018
    This week, USA Rice staff attended a meeting of the “Grain Chain,” an industry coalition, to discuss development of the 2020 U.S. Dietary Guidelines, the Grain Chain’s drafted comments for submission to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and ongoing industry activities to promote grain foods to consumers and influencers.
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  • WASDE Report Released

    Mar 08, 2018
    The 2017/18 U.S. rice supply and use estimates are unchanged relative to last month. The projected season-average farm price (SAFP) for all rice classes are unchanged at the midpoint. The SAFP for all rice is $12.50 per cwt at the midpoint of the range of $12.10 to $12.90.
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  • Cruz Lifts Hold; Senate Confirms Northey at USDA

    Feb 27, 2018
    The Senate confirmed Bill Northey as USDA Undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation today after an extended stalemate surrounding his confirmation.
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  • CSP Sign-Up Deadlines This Friday

    Feb 27, 2018
    The deadline to apply for two Conservation Stewardship Programs (CSP) is this Friday, March 2. Producers should note that they will have to choose which program to apply for, and that they can only apply for one.
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  • USDA Projects Increase in U.S. Rice Production

    Feb 23, 2018
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its first projections for major crops for the 2018/19 crop years today, and according to the report, total rice production is forecast at 217.8 million hundred-weight (cwt), up sharply from 178.2 million cwt a year earlier, based on a 17-percent increase in planted acreage to 2.88 million acres. Higher expected returns for rice at planting compared with alternative crops, primarily corn and soybeans, is responsible for the projected increase in rice area.
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