• USA Rice Promotions Target Growing Institutional Sector in Mexico

    Apr 20, 2015
    Last year, USA Rice conducted market research into the institutional sector in Mexico with funding from USDA's Emerging Markets Program. That research found that while the institutional sector as a whole consumed more than twice the amount of rice as the average Mexican, there were several middle-sized companies that were willing to, and interested in, increasing their usage of rice, if they could learn more.
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  • USA Rice Staff Visits The Russell Marine Group, Eurofins

    Apr 17, 2015
    USA Rice President & CEO Betsy Ward and Member Services staff visited The Russell Marine Group and Eurofins new facilities this week.
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  • American Food Aid: Flexibility and Food Security

    Apr 17, 2015
    The United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations met Wednesday to discuss "American Food Aid: Why Reform Matters." Witnesses at the hearing, including USAID's Director of the Office of Food for Peace Dina Esposito, all emphasized their support for in-kind food aid, but requested increased use of local and regional purchases and cash vouchers, and a need for greater flexibility in using the right tools at the right time.
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  • Louisiana Distillers Take a Shot with Rice-Based Liquor

    Apr 16, 2015
    Born and raised in Louisiana, Tom Donner and Henry Peltier witnessed firsthand the prominence of sugar cane and rice in their community and were inspired to find an innovative way to support these industries. The lack of a locally-run distillery motivated Donner and Peltier to experiment with using sugar cane and rice to make liquor. Sugar cane is traditionally the main ingredient used to make rum; however, rice proved to be more of a challenge. Over the course of three months, Donner and Peltier utilized their backgrounds in chemistry to investigate the best way to incorporate rice into their products.
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  • New Trade Promotion Authority Bill Could Jump Start Trade Negotiations

    Apr 16, 2015
    Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation was finally introduced in Congress today with a bill from Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) and House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) making an appearance following lengthy negotiations between the leaders.
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  • RCPP Meeting Sets the Stage for Sustainability Talks

    Apr 15, 2015
    Earlier this week, USA Rice and Duck Unlimited hosted meetings for contributing partners in the Sustaining the Future of Rice Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). The roundtable meeting was designed to foster discussion amongst USA Rice member companies and end users on how to improve and coordinate common goals and initiatives related to sustainability and conservation.
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  • Market Watch: South Korea -- A Changing Market?

    Apr 14, 2015
    This country of 50 million is a small, but high-value market for the U.S. rice industry. The U.S. exports have averaged more than 104,000 MT of rice to Korea annually over the past 6 years -- representing about 25 percent of the roughly 410,000 MT imported by volume, or 26 percent of imports by value. However, a shift may be coming. While Korea continues to purchase U.S. rice, officials are attempting to manage rice supplies that exceed domestic demand.
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  • USA Rice Joins 24 Farm and Ag Organizations for 2015 Commodity Summit

    Apr 13, 2015
    USA Rice President & CEO Betsy Ward joined other agricultural CEOs from across the country at a summit last week to discuss how groups can work together to manage common regulatory threats, including developing common strategies. Participants agreed an inventory of the various issues and the coalitions addressing them would be a beneficial first step.
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  • USA Rice and Ducks Unlimited Thank NRCS in USA Today Ad

    Apr 10, 2015
    The USA Rice Federation and Ducks Unlimited partnered on a print ad in the current USA Today special edition newspaper, "U.S. Department of Agriculture: America's Farming Landscape."
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  • U.S. Rice Promotes New 'American Rice' Logo at Trade Show in Mexico

    Apr 09, 2015
    Last month, the USA Rice Federation participated in the annual Expo ANTAD trade show, the preeminent trade summit for the retail industry in Mexico. Organized by the National Retailer Association in Mexico (ANTAD), the show is an internationally recognized platform where retailers, manufacturers, and distributors come together to strengthen and encourage trade relations.
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