• Iraq Grain Tender Canceled, USA Rice to Meet with U.S. Ambassador

    May 07, 2015
    ARLINGTON, VA – Earlier this week, in a move that was only mildly surprising, the Iraqi Grain Board canceled their current tender request without explanation or fanfare. “The only thing we can predict with any accuracy in this market is the total unpredictability of this market,” said Betsy Ward, president & CEO of USA Rice.
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  • USDA Announces $235 Million in Funding for RCPP

    May 07, 2015
    WASHINGTON, DC -- Earlier this week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced an investment of $235 million in funding to be applied towards the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). The RCPP, created by the 2014 Farm Bill, is a conservation initiative administered by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) that enables local leaders across the country to implement programs that will preserve natural resources in their region.
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  • Think Rice Education Program Earns High Marks from Teachers

    May 06, 2015
    ARLINGTON, VA – In honor of March National Nutrition Month, USA Rice distributed the Think Rice educational lesson plan to more than 2,800 elementary schools in rice-growing counties across the six states. USA Rice partnered with the award-winning curriculum experts at Young Minds Inspired (YMI) to develop the program to meet national standards for 3rd – 6th grade students in social studies, science, and nutrition. As of mid-April, the program reached an estimated 9,000 teachers and 330,000 students and families.
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  • Spring 2015 Issue of USA Rice’s Whole Grain Delivers

    May 05, 2015
    The next issue of USA Rice’s Whole Grain tabloid newspaper hits the streets -- and your mailbox – next week!
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  • MyPlate Video Search is a Success

    May 04, 2015
    ARLINGTON, VA – Last week marked the end of the two-month Check Out MyPlate Video Search for kids, a MyPlate promotional activity launched by USA Rice and six other MyPlate National Strategic Partners to reach children and parents with healthy eating messages. The video search received more than 10,000 unique visitors and generated more than 100 video entries from kids across the country.
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  • USA Rice Fuels Local Charity Race

    May 04, 2015
    FALLS CHURCH, VA -- USA Rice participated in a charity race at a local high school here to help support the school’s athletic program. More than 400 adults and children took part in the annual “Raider 5K Run” that raised an estimated $10,000 for the community.
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  • Arkansas Rice Specialty License Plates Now Available

    May 01, 2015
    LITTLE ROCK, AR -- A special Arkansas license plate highlighting the state’s rice industry is now available. The Arkansas Rice Council worked with the Department of Finance and Administration to develop the specialty license plate to promote rice, Arkansas's second highest value commodity and top agricultural export.
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