• Iraq Tender Falls Apart at Eleventh Hour

    Feb 29, 2016
    USA Rice has learned that the most recent rice tender from the Grain Board of Iraq has been cancelled despite on target and competitive bids from the United States, the extension of bids, and intervention from the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq.
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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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  • USA Rice Comments on Ongoing TPP Investigation by USITC

    Feb 16, 2016
    USA Rice submitted comments to the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement to assist the agency in evaluating the economic impact of the TPP on the U.S. economy.
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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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  • 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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  • Colombia Set to Import 200,000 MT Above Quota by July; Origin Unclear

    Feb 09, 2016
    Last week, USA Rice held high level meetings here with representatives of Induarroz (National Federation of Industrial Rice), Fedearroz (National Federation of Rice Producers), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service. Of utmost concern was Colombia’s announcement that it would import 200,000 MT of rice this year, above and beyond this year’s tariff rate quota import amount of 94,209 metric tons from the United States.
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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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  • TPP Agreement Signed, Rice Concerns Remain

    Feb 04, 2016
    Trade Ministers from 12 nations signed the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement yesterday (Feb. 4 local time). U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman joined officials from Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam at the signing, which launches the formal start of the ratification process in many of the TPP countries.
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