• USA Rice Outlook Conference – Day Two

    Dec 11, 2015
    Today’s general session program opened with a conversation between Louisiana rice farmer John Owen and his neighbor, Representative Ralph Abraham. Because the Congressman was detained by business in Washington, DC, the conversation took place via phone and film. Abraham represents Louisiana’s 5th district, the largest row crop district in the nation, and is a fierce supporter of the agriculture community. He spoke about the opportunity he has as a member of the House Ag Committee to push for legislation and programs that really work for farmers, and being a farmer himself, Abraham knows what it takes to grow a crop.
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  • Record-Setting USA Rice Outlook Conference Kicks Off

    Dec 10, 2015
    The 2015 USA Rice Outlook Conference has attracted record crowds and got underway here last night with an opening reception in the exhibit hall and a very fundraising dinner for the USA Rice Political Action Committee.
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  • New Orleans Restaurants Proudly Serve U.S.-Grown Rice

    Dec 10, 2015
    Each year, USA Rice teams up with restaurants in the hosting city of the USA Rice Outlook Conference to promote local eating establishments that serve U.S.-grown rice. This year, members can again look forward to an expansive selection of highly-rated restaurants that will satisfy every palate and price point.
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  • In Memory: Billy Knowlton

    Dec 10, 2015
    The U.S. rice industry is deeply saddened by the passing of Billy Glen Knowlton, 76, in West Columbia, Texas, on December 3. Knowlton made his career in the rice industry, working for Riceland Foods, American Rice Inc., Farmers Grain Terminal, and Affiliated Rice Milling.
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  • Rice Leadership Class Member Wins Top Honor in Arkansas

    Dec 10, 2015
    In acknowledgement of the high caliber of people chosen to participate in the Rice Leadership Development program, another member has won a Young Farmer & Rancher Achievement Award: Derek Haigwood in Arkansas.
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  • USDA Updates USA Rice Farmers on Farm Bill Implementation

    Dec 10, 2015
    This morning the Board of Directors for the USA Rice Farmers representing rice farmers from all six rice-growing states heard a number of updates from Brad Karmen, Deputy Administrator for Farm Programs for USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA).
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  • New Orleans Restaurants Proudly Serve U.S.-Grown Rice

    Dec 08, 2015
    Each year, USA Rice teams up with restaurants in the hosting city of the USA Rice Outlook Conference to promote local eating establishments that serve U.S.-grown rice. This year, members can again look forward to an expansive selection of highly-rated restaurants that will satisfy every palate and price point.
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  • Rice Leadership Alum Wins Texas Outstanding Young Farmer & Rancher Contest

    Dec 08, 2015
    Timothy and Lindy Gertson of Lissie, Texas, were named the winners of the 2015 Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) Outstanding Young Farmer & Rancher competition at TFB’s Annual Meeting last weekend. The Gertsons grow rice, sorghum, soybeans, and wheat in Wharton County.
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  • U.S. Government Asks USA Rice to Help Prepare for Exports to China

    Dec 04, 2015
    The U.S. and China have yet to formally sign the long-in-the-works phytosanitary agreement that will allow Chinese firms to begin importing U.S.-grown rice, but with many thinking that final step is imminent, work continues to get everything else in place. For years, USA Rice has been participating in appropriate food shows and exhibitions in China, developing relationships with the trade there, and bringing Chinese officials to the U.S. to introduce them to the industry here. Now the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), the agency handling the negotiations and responsible for the import and export regulatory framework of agriculture products to and from the United States, has asked USA Rice to begin compiling a list of mills and warehouses in the U.S. that are both interested in, and ultimately capable of, exporting rice to China.
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  • Highway Bill Promises Reversal of Crop Insurance Cuts

    Dec 03, 2015
    On Tuesday, language was released by the House and Senate conference committee for the final version of the Highway Bill that would officially repeal cuts to federal crop insurance.
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