• Federal Rice Grading Standards Up for Review

    Mar 22, 2016
    This week USA Rice submitted comments for the five-year review of United States Standards for Rough Rice, Brown Rice for Processing, and Milled Rice. The standards are maintained by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers, and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) and facilitate the marketing of rice in foreign and domestic trade, and provide a uniform measure of quality by providing a common language to describe commodity attributes for U.S. producers, exporters, and their customers.
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  • New Agreements for U.S.-Cuba Agriculture Sectors Announced During Historic Visit

    Mar 21, 2016
    Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, who is traveling with President Obama on his historic visit to Cuba this week, announced today that agricultural commodity groups receiving funding from federal check-offs or U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Marketing Orders for research and promotion activities are now able to use their resources in preparing for normalized trade with the country. USA Rice promotion activities were not impacted by today’s announcement because, when conducting promotion activities in Cuba, USA Rice uses state-generated resources that are not subject to federal check-off restrictions.
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  • Star-Studded Food Service Seminar

    Mar 21, 2016
    Earlier this month, U.S. rice was the highlight of a foodservice seminar, “Mizrahi and Friends,” at the Colegio Superior de Gastronomia Culinary Institute where distinguished international chefs cooked for an audience of foodservice professionals, press, and special guests. The organizer and star of the event, Chef Aaron Mizrahi, grilled various cuts of U.S. meat served with a delicious rice dish made with U.S.-grown rice and emphasized the importance of selecting U.S. rice for its nutritional value and superior quality.
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  • USA Rice Advocacy Gets Results in Food Aid Debate

    Mar 18, 2016
    During USA Rice’s 2016 Government Affairs Conference here last month, USA Rice members educated Members of the Agriculture Subcommittee of the House Committee on Appropriations on the importance of maintaining in-kind commodities in the food aid program during emergency response efforts around the world, and asked specifically that U.S.-grown rice, including fortified rice, be prioritized for delivery to those in need.
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  • Tough Competition in Chile’s Rice Market

    Mar 18, 2016
    Agriculture Secretary Vilsack has brought his trade mission to Chile, the wealthiest country in South America and the most prolific negotiator of free trade agreements.
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  • In Memory: Ralph Cowan

    Mar 17, 2016
    USA Rice was saddened to learn of the passing of Ralph Cowan, a giant in the Louisiana and U.S. rice industries. Cowan was one of the original organizers of the Louisiana Rice Council and the Louisiana Rice Promotion Board, and served as the first president and first chairman of each organization, respectively.
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  • Food Safety Could Present Key to US Rice’s Return to Switzerland

    Mar 17, 2016
    Hartwig Schmidt, regional director of USA Rice, attended the annual meeting of the Swiss Rice Promotion Board (RISO) here last week and gave a presentation on the world rice outlook for 2016.
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  • Honduras Approves Rice from Paraguay

    Mar 14, 2016
    Last month, Honduras approved the phytosanitary protocol to allow milled rice imports from Paraguay. They are the first country in the northern tier of Central America to permit Paraguayan milled rice.
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  • USA Rice Features New Products at Foodex Japan

    Mar 11, 2016
    USA Rice is here this week at Foodex Japan, the largest trade exhibition in Asia, conducting taste tests from the U.S. Embassy Agricultural Trade Office’s (ATO) exhibition booth for the more than 77,000 traders in attendance.
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  • In Memory: Penn Owen

    Mar 10, 2016
    USA Rice was saddened to learn of the passing of Penn Owen, a longtime Mississippi rice leader. Owen was born on August 4, 1935 in Memphis, TN, and graduated from Vanderbilt University. He is survived by his wife, Norma, their three children, and seven grandchildren.
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