• Field Report: Texas

    Apr 20, 2016
    Early Monday morning rice farmers here and in other areas of southeast Texas awoke to find their crops underwater after a historic rainfall devastated the area. Rice farmer and cattle rancher Raymond Dollins reported the flooding is so severe that he and his wife can’t use their vehicles and are relying on their tractor just to get around their property.
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  • Agriculture Funding Bill Advances in House

    Apr 20, 2016
    On Tuesday, the House Committee on Appropriations spent the majority of the day debating a number of amendments and eventually approving the Fiscal Year 2017 funding bill for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and related agencies.
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  • USA Rice Sponsors Event Launching Trade Mission for Cubans

    Apr 19, 2016
    Last night, USA Rice co-sponsored an event launching a week-long trade mission for Alimport, the Cuban food and agricultural trade agency. Delegates will visit Maryland, Missouri, and Louisiana during the trip to tour important areas of U.S. agricultural production and transportation. Their itinerary also includes a stop in New Orleans for a lunch hosted by Russell Marine Group that many key U.S. rice exporters will attend.
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  • Legendary TV Chef Visits Rice Country

    Apr 18, 2016
    It often feels like TV celebrity chefs are a dime a dozen – most morning news programs have one in residence, and there are at least two 24 hour food and cooking networks overflowing with culinary personalities. And while they all have some unique take on their craft, few have a résumé like Sara Moulton who recently filmed an episode of her show on a rice farm here.
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  • Death, Taxes, and Crop Protection Deadlines

    Apr 15, 2016
    It’s a busy time of year with rice planting underway in areas where the weather is cooperating. It’s also an important time of year to be thinking about the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs and what you need to be doing to ensure your farm is up-to-date and in compliance to maintain program eligibility and maximize protection.
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  • Farm Bureau’s Duvall Sees a United Ag as Key to Success

    Apr 15, 2016
    The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) elected Georgia’s Vincent “Zippy” Duvall as its new president earlier this year. USA Rice President & CEO Betsy Ward joined other agricultural leaders in welcoming President Duvall to the Washington food and agricultural community at a lunch in his honor yesterday.
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  • ADM Rice Sells 90,000 Metric Tons of Rice to Iraq

    Apr 14, 2016
    The U.S. was successful in the latest Iraqi tender, finalized this afternoon, selling 90,000 MT of long grain rice.
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  • Chef Contest Features U.S. Rice

    Apr 13, 2016
    The U.S. Embassy’s Agriculture Trade Office conducted the second in a series of hands-on cooking contests, called the United Tastes of America Asian Competition, at the Hattori Nutrition College last month. Five teams, consisting of two chefs each, from Beijing, Hong Kong, Taipei, Seoul, and Tokyo who won in a competition held in each city beforehand, participated.
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  • U.S. House’s Cuba Working Group Hears Ag Trade Benefits

    Apr 12, 2016
    Yesterday, the Cuba Working Group, a bipartisan group of U.S. House Members supporting efforts to end the Cuban trade and travel ban hosted a briefing for Congressional staff to highlight opportunities for U.S. agriculture that would result from bilateral trade between the U.S. and Cuba.
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  • WASDE Report Released

    Apr 12, 2016
    U.S. 2015/16 rice supplies are lowered 500,000 cwt on lower long-grain imports. Long-grain ending stocks are lowered 500,000 cwt to 22.5 million. All rice ending stocks are now 43.4 million cwt. The all rice and long-grain season-average prices are each lowered $0.30 per cwt at the midpoint to $12.30 to $12.70 and $10.80 to $11.20, respectively. Medium- and short-grain prices are also down with the California price lowered $0.50 per cwt at the midpoint and the Other States price lowered $0.20 per cwt at the midpoint.
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