• Trade is Major Focus at USA Rice Government Affairs Conference

    Feb 26, 2016
    The 2016 USA Rice Government Affairs Conference (GAC) blew in with the storm system that hit Washington this week and flooded the town with USA Rice advocacy teams who came to Capitol Hill to meet with representatives in every rice producing state, as well as with other key Congressional leaders, including House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway (R-TX) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-MN), and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MS).
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  • Rice Leadership Development Class Graduates

    Feb 24, 2016
    The Rice Leadership Development Program's Class of 2014-16 graduated from the prestigious program during a special ceremony at the USA Rice Federation's 2016 Government Affairs Conference this week.
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  • USA Rice Government Affairs Conference Kicks Off

    Feb 23, 2016
    The Annual USA Rice Government Affairs Conference got underway here last night following a full day of USA Rice business meetings, a welcome reception, and an event for Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS).
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  • Large Turnout at Annual Missouri Rice Conference

    Feb 18, 2016
    More than one hundred rice farmers gathered here yesterday for the 2016 Missouri Rice Conference. This was the first time the conference has been held in Malden and the new location drew a lot of new faces, including many young farmers interested in growing rice.
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  • Next Step in Normalization of Relations: U.S., Cuba Agree to Commercial Flights

    Feb 16, 2016
    The United States and Cuba signed an agreement this morning to resume commercial air traffic for the first time in five decades. U.S. airlines can now start bidding on routes for as many as 110 U.S.-Cuba daily flights - more than five times the current number. All flights operating between the two countries today are charters.
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  • CME Seeks Rice Industry Response to Rough Rice Futures Contract Survey

    Feb 11, 2016
    The CME Group based here that oversees the trading of the Rough Rice Futures contract has published a short, two-question survey for rice industry members to complete by Monday, February 22.
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  • President Releases FY 2017 Budget Recommendations, Not Very Ag-Friendly

    Feb 10, 2016
    The President’s recommendations for the Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) funding were up in some program areas and down in others with net cuts to the Department’s activities by more than $4.5 billion, down seven percent from the 2016 level. Crop insurance was once again a target of the Administration’s proposal with $18 billion worth of cuts over ten years. Specifically, the budget proposal suggests a 10 percent reduction in premium subsidies for policy holders electing the harvest price option and additional savings would be generated by reforming prevented planting coverage.
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  • USA Rice Continues to Push for Open Trade with Cuba

    Feb 10, 2016
    The U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba celebrated their one-year anniversary here today with a renewed call for action to lift the embargo between the United States and Cuba, and to ease the way for trade for U.S. agricultural products.
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  • USA Rice Efforts Result in Congressional Action on Rice Food Aid

    Feb 05, 2016
    As reported in the USA Rice Daily January 8, 2016, Congress has made available an additional $250 million to assist with the Syrian refugee crisis. USA Rice immediately began working with allies in Congress to make the case for why U.S.-grown rice should be a part of the solution for this devastating humanitarian crisis.
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  • Northeast Louisianans Gearing Up for 2016 Rice Crop

    Feb 03, 2016
    Yesterday morning the Rayville Civic Center was standing-room only as more than 50 rice growers crowded the hall for the Northeast Louisiana Rice Forum.
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