• Arkansas Leaders Pledge Support for Cuba

    Apr 11, 2016
    This morning, a group of the top business leaders in Arkansas gathered here at the Capital Hotel to officially launch the Arkansas State Council for Cuba sponsored by USA Rice and Engage Cuba.
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  • Widespread Support for USDA Presence in Cuba

    Apr 08, 2016
    Earlier today, more than 60 state and national agriculture organizations and agribusinesses sent a letter to Capitol Hill requesting funding for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) positions that would be based in Cuba for FY 2017.
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  • On the Ground in Cuba

    Apr 07, 2016
    Two rice state representatives, Congressman Rick Crawford (R-AR) and Congressman Ralph Abraham (R-LA), traveling with producers and millers from both states were welcomed here yesterday by Cuban Director of Foreign Trade and Investment Maria de la Luz B'Hamel Ramirez and the Director General of Alimport Alejandro Mustelier.
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  • Taiwan Emerging as New Market for Southern Medium and Long Grain Rice

    Apr 07, 2016
    Southern U.S. rice has taken a greater share of the Taiwan import market over the past two years. Taiwan began looking at southern U.S. long grain and medium grain rice to comply with their Country Specific Quota (CSQ)-USA commitment in 2014. They purchased 11,000 tons of long grain and 18,000 ton of medium grain from the South which arrived in Taiwan in the spring of 2015.
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  • USA Rice Applies for International Promotion Program Dollars

    Apr 06, 2016
    Earlier this week the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) announced the program application dates for 2017 for a series of FAS funded cost-share programs utilized to develop export markets for U.S. agricultural products. These programs include the Foreign Market Development Program (FMD), the Market Access Program (MAP), and the Emerging Markets Program (EMP), all of which USA Rice has utilized for a number of years to promote U.S. rice internationally.
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  • Arkansas Rice Depot and Arkansas Foodbank Merge

    Apr 05, 2016
    Last week, board members, volunteers, donors, and guests gathered here at an event held to recognize the momentous partnership between the Arkansas Rice Depot and Arkansas Foodbank.
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  • Shifting Sands in Iraq

    Apr 04, 2016
    Against a backdrop of an erratic tendering process in Iraq that has seen price competitive bids and even country specific tenders failing in recent months, the news now coming out of Baghdad is that a planned tender has been canceled.
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  • Trump Wall, Like Its Chinese Counterpart, Could Be Made with Rice

    Apr 01, 2016
    Citing new project cost estimates that show the proposed Trump Wall between the U.S. and Mexico costing more than six times initial estimates, prospective designers have taken a play out of an ancient Chinese book and turned to rice as a possible lower cost building material.
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  • USTR Ag Chief Visits Arkansas to Talk TPP and Hear Rice Concerns

    Apr 01, 2016
    The chief agricultural negotiator for the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), Ambassador Darci Vetter, spent much of this week in Arkansas, visiting with rice farmers and millers participating in the Arkansas Farm Bureau meeting, and other agriculture groups as she continues to make the case for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, signed earlier this year.
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