• USA Rice Welcomes New Government Affairs/PAC Manager

    Jan 12, 2015
    Our New Year's resolution was to reinforce the Government Affairs staff and the USA Rice Federation is pleased to fulfill that goal with the hiring of Julie Vieburg as the new Manager of Government Affairs/PAC.
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  • USA Rice Promos Hit During Peak Sales Season in Ghana

    Jan 12, 2015
    The USA Rice Federation conducted promotions in twenty major open air markets here during the holiday season, which is the peak sales period for rice in Ghana. Open air markets are where the majority of Ghanaians go to purchase rice, and USA Rice focused promotional activities in the country's two largest cities, Accra, the national capital, and Kumasi, capital of the Ashanti Region.
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  • Food Blogger Event Reaches Thousands of Consumers in Turkey

    Jan 09, 2015
    Last month, the USA Rice Federation invited 25 key food bloggers and health specialists to a New Year cooking event here featuring celebrity chef, Fikret Ozdemir. During the half day event, attendees worked alongside Chef Ozdemir, cooking healthy and delicious dishes featuring U.S. rice and wild rice.
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  • USA Rice and Cuba - Getting Closer

    Jan 08, 2015
    The USA Rice Federation has joined with more than 25 prominent U.S. food and agriculture associations and companies to form a coalition that seeks to advance trade relations between the United States and Cuba. The U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC) formally launched at an event here today that was attended by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, a bipartisan group of Members of Congress, and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.
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  • Louisiana Rice Farmers Announce Plans for State Meeting

    Jan 07, 2015
    The Louisiana Rice Council (LARC) and the Louisiana Rice Growers Association (LARGA), Louisiana's two largest grower organizations, have scheduled their annual joint membership meeting for Tuesday, February 10. The meeting will be held at a new location, the Grande Marais Center here, and will open with a trade show and reception at 4 p.m. followed by the program at 5:45 p.m. Dinner will be served.
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  • Opening of 114th Congress Presents New Opportunities, Challenges

    Jan 06, 2015
    Eighty-four new members of Congress, 56 Republicans and 18 Democrats, were sworn in today at the official opening of the 114th Congress. Along with new members, there also will be new faces in key committee chairmanships important to the rice industry. Mike Conaway (R-TX) will become Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee. In the Senate, Pat Roberts (R-KS) will take the reins of the Agriculture Committee, while Thad Cochran (R-MS) will chair the Appropriations Committee.
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  • U.S. Objects to Korea's New Rice Import Scheme

    Jan 06, 2015
    The United States joined four other members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) late last month in objecting to Korea's new rice tariffication scheme. The action did not prevent Korea from imposing the new tariff-based rice import system on January 1, but the new system has not been approved by the WTO, and Korea will very likely enter into negotiations with the five countries in order to lift the objections. The USA Rice Federation supports this action by the U.S. because Korea's new import regime is a significant step backwards on market access for U.S. rice.
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  • Ag Trends on Social Media

    Jan 05, 2015
    Even though the USA Rice Daily went on hiatus during the holidays, agricultural news certainly did not, and we used social media as a gauge for what was hot, and what was not. Ag stories that gained the most social media traction during December ranged from favorite rice side dishes to serve during the holidays like Maple Ginger Rice Pudding to important agricultural industry news updates.
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  • U.S. Wild Rice Retail Demonstrations Drive Sales in Turkey

    Jan 05, 2015
    The USA Rice Federation teamed up here with the recently launched U.S. wild rice brand "Dimyat" for a week-long promotion and celebration of U.S. grown-rice. Two of Turkey's major retail chains, Carrefour and Macrocenter, participated in the events with discounted prices for U.S. wild rice, live cooking demonstrations, and the distribution of information leaflets and recipes as well as branded consumer bags, which were co-sponsored by the brand and the retailers.
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