• 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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  • WASDE Report Released

    Nov 09, 2017
    Total 2017/18 U.S. rice supplies are increased marginally this month to 248.9 million cwt as higher projected imports (primarily Thai fragrant rice) offset slightly lower production. In the November Crop Production report, NASS reduced the 2017/18 U.S. crop size by 200,000 cwt to 178.4 million on lower forecast yield. This is 20 percent less than last year and would be the lowest U.S. rice production since 1996/97.
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  • WASDE Report Released

    Oct 12, 2017
    The 2017/18 U.S. rice crop is reduced 1.1 million cwt to 178.6 million on lower yields and slightly lower harvested area. This is the smallest all rice crop since 1996/97.
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  • USDA Realignment to Improve Customer Service and Efficiency

    Sep 08, 2017
    U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the realignment of many key offices within the department yesterday. These changes build on the reorganization that was announced in May and are designed to improve customer service and maximize efficiency.
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  • WASDE Report Released

    Aug 10, 2017
    Total U.S. rice supplies are lowered 5 million cwt from last month due to a smaller crop and a slight reduction in beginning stocks. The 2017/18 U.S. rice production forecast is lowered 4.8 million cwt to 186.5 million based on the first survey-based yield forecast of the 2017/18 season.
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  • Flood Assistance Available for Louisiana Rice Producers

    Jul 17, 2017
    Following flooding, some 2017 replanting expenses will be covered for rice farmers in some parishes in Louisiana.
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  • WASDE Report Released

    Jul 12, 2017
    U.S. 2017/18 all rice supplies are lowered 9.5 million cwt to 261.6 million on a production decrease, which is partially offset by slightly higher imports. Long grain production is lowered 5.6 million cwt and combined medium/short grain production is lowered 4.1 million cwt. The production decrease stems from a 123,000 acre reduction in harvested area, reflecting the floods that occurred in Northeast Arkansas and the bootheel of Missouri as well as excessive moisture in California at planting time.
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  • 2017 Rice Area Numbers Down Almost 20 Percent from 2016, Harvested Area in Arkansas Takes a Hit

    Jun 30, 2017
    In the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) first survey-based estimate of grain acreage for the 2017 crop, all rice planted acres is set at 2.56 million, 19 percent less than the 2016 figure, and two percent less than reported in the March Prospective Plantings.
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  • USTR Ag Negotiator Nominated and Acting Deputy Under Secretaries at USDA Named to Keep the Ball Moving

    Jun 20, 2017
    A key trade figure has been nominated and acting undersecretaries named.
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