• 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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  • 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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  • U.S. Rice Exports to Japan Fall Short; Implications for TPP Unsettles Industry

    Mar 09, 2016
    As Japan’s fiscal year sets to close at the end of this month, the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF) will once again increase the amount of rice imported under the so-called ordinary minimum access tenders because of very poor performance under the Simultaneous-Buy-Sell, or SBS, System.
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