• Giant and Stop & Shop SRDs Get Social

    Oct 23, 2015
    USA Rice’s partnership with supermarket dietitians (SRDs) continues to pay off in big ways. SRDs in Giant and Stop & Shop supermarkets throughout the East Coast and New England celebrated National Rice Month by promoting U.S.-grown rice to their customers using social media-based communications.
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  • USA Rice Hosts Workshop on Fortified Rice

    Oct 22, 2015
    Yesterday, USA Rice hosted a fortified rice workshop here for more than 30 private voluntary organizations (PVOs), government agencies, USA Rice members, and other interested parties. Both the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) provided information on micronutrient fortification and the promising future for fortified rice in U.S. government feeding programs. Fortified rice provides eight essential micronutrients that can help growing, hungry children become healthier.
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  • International Rice Leadership Class Headed to Thailand

    Oct 22, 2015
    The Rice Leadership Development Program recently selected the 2015 International Rice Leadership class, and they will be heading to Thailand next week as part of their continuing education.
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  • One Month Left for EQIP Sign-up in Louisiana and Missouri

    Oct 22, 2015
    Rice farmers in Louisiana and Missouri have less than one month to submit applications for the USDA’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). This EQIP sign-up period, specifically designated for farmers who regularly grow rice, is part of the USA Rice and Ducks Unlimited Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) project. Applications should be submitted to local NRCS field offices no later than November 20, 2015.
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  • World Market Price Subcommittee: PLC Payment Timelines and Trade

    Oct 21, 2015
    This morning, the World Market Price Subcommittee (WMP) met here with representatives from the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the Farm Service Agency (FSA), the Economic Research Service (ERS), and the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) to discuss a variety of issues in the global rice trade affecting the U.S. rice industry.
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  • #USARiceOutlook Contest: Week Two

    Oct 21, 2015
    Paul Johnson, a rice farmer from Welsh, Louisiana, is this week’s finalist in the #USARiceOutlook social media contest. A weekly winner will be announced every Wednesday until November 4, and will be in the running for the grand prize of a free registration to USA Rice’s Outlook Conference in New Orleans December 9-11.
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  • U.S. Rice Takes Center Stage at Food Service Show in Mexico

    Oct 20, 2015
    Earlier this month, USA Rice was a sponsor of Vallarta-Nayarit Gastronomica, a premier trade show here that attracts gastronomic personalities from all over Mexico as well as top international chefs. These food service professionals gather to participate in live cooking shows and specialized workshops, and to propose culinary innovations for their peers at culinary institutions throughout Mexico.
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  • Iraq Update: Chaos Still Reigns

    Oct 19, 2015
    Amid reports of corruption centered around rice tenders conducted by the Iraqi Minister of Trade (MoT), USA Rice has learned a court order was issued over the weekend to arrest the Iraqi Trade Minister and his brother to be investigated for corruption. It remains unclear how this latest shake up will affect the pending or future tenders. A new tender that was to be announced today has been postponed and, according to the Director General of the Grain Board of Iraq, a new tender will be issued either later this week or next regardless of this new situation.
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  • Chef de Riz Named at International Rice Festival

    Oct 19, 2015
    Competition was fierce at the 79th annual International Rice Festival’s Rice and Creole Cookery Contest sponsored by USA Rice last Friday. Hometown standout Jill Villejoin won the title of Chef de Riz (cooker of rice) based not only on her cooking expertise but also her rice knowledge, including the nutritional value, cooking qualities, and types and varieties.
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  • U.S. Rice Sale Lost Amongst Chaos at Iraqi Ministry of Trade

    Oct 16, 2015
    Yesterday USA Rice learned that Iraq’s Ministry of Trade (MoT) cancelled the sale of 30,000 MT of U.S. rice that was awarded under the last tender. This move was anticipated because the U.S.-origin award was made to an Indian company with no previous record of exporting U.S. rice and at a bid price well below offers of U.S. rice from a U.S. firm and a U.K. firm. The MoT retained the award of 50,000 MT of Indian-origin rice bid by a second Indian company.
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