• Cuba Removed from State Terrorism List

    May 29, 2015
    The State Department has announced that Cuba will no longer be designated as a state sponsor of terrorism effective immediately.
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  • Phytosanitary Deal with China Still Not Complete

    May 26, 2015
    A phytosanitary agreement between the United States and China that would clear the way for U.S.-grown rice to start flowing into China has been in the works for almost a decade, but a final agreement continues to elude negotiators.
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  • One-on-One with ITC Rice Industry Study

    May 20, 2015
    Yesterday USA Rice hosted a briefing by members of the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) research team that conducted the yearlong study on the factors and policies affecting the global competitiveness of the U.S. rice industry.
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  • WTO Rules Against COOL

    May 18, 2015
    WASHINGTON, DC -- This morning, the World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body made public its ruling on the United States' Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) regulation on certain muscle cuts of meat, citing that the regulation violates international trade rules and has caused harm to Canada and Mexico, which complained to the WTO.
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  • The Senate Gives TPA a Second Chance

    May 14, 2015
    WASHINGTON, DC – On Tuesday, a procedural vote in the U.S. Senate to move forward with H.R. 1314, Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) fell eight votes short of the 60 needed. Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) was the only Democrat to vote in favor of the legislation which would allow President Obama to submit trade deals to Congress for approval without amendments.
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  • USA Rice Hails ITC Study of Global Rice Industry

    May 14, 2015
    One year to the day after the request from the House Ways and Means Committee, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has released its study of factors and policies affecting the global competitiveness of the U.S. rice industry. The study, “Rice: Global Competitiveness of the U.S. Industry,” is known as a Section 332 investigation and examined the rice industry in the U.S. and in major producing and exporting countries, such as China, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Uruguay, and Brazil, and found that the world rice market is a confusing, and often unfair place.
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  • USA Rice Meets with U.S. Ambassador to Iraq

    May 11, 2015
    WASHINGTON, DC -- USA Rice Chairman Dow Brantley led a delegation of members and staff on Friday in a meeting with Stuart Jones, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, to discuss strategy for returning Iraq as a steady customer for U.S. rice.
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  • 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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