• USA Rice Staffer Bill Farmer Retires

    Jul 12, 2016
    Loyalty and perseverance were favorite words used by industry leaders to describe USA Rice staffer Bill Farmer at a ceremony here yesterday honoring his long career.
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  • Field Report: Mississippi

    Jul 11, 2016
    Growers in the area were presumably celebrating slightly more than the average American over the Fourth of July weekend due to a much-needed rain following a 25 day long dry spell. Nat McKnight, a grower and member of the 2015-2017 Rice Leadership Development Class, reports that his rice, corn, and soybean crops are thriving, especially after the recent wet weather.
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  • First Anniversary of Reestablished Relations with Cuba

    Jul 08, 2016
    Yesterday, USA Rice staff attended a reception at the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba here to commemorate the first anniversary of reestablishing diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States.
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  • Japan Steps Up Utilization of Rice in Animal Feeds

    Jul 08, 2016
    Japan, faced with an oversupply of rice, is moving to encourage use of rice, both domestically produced and imported, as livestock feed. According to a report from the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, last year Japan set a record for rice utilization in animal feeds, exceeding 1 million metric tons (1,173,000 MT), and surpassing the utilization rate of sorghum for the first time. In the period October 1, 2015 – March 31, 2016 rice utilization in compound feeds has averaged 5.3 percent, already 0.3 percent higher than total compound feed formulation for all of last year.
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  • Rice Industry Cautiously Optimistic for Removal of Ag Financing Barriers with Cuba

    Jul 07, 2016
    In a swarm of legislative activity by Congress over the past three days, Rep. Rick Crawford (R-AR) last night withdrew his amendment to the House’s FY 2017 Financial Services Appropriations Bill that would have removed the restrictions on private financing by U.S. businesses for the sale of agricultural products to Cuba. Crawford’s effort to improve the underlying legislation had gained significant bipartisan support amongst several Members of Congress over the last two weeks since the amendment was first introduced.
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  • U.S. Rice Looks to Answer Call on USDA Food Assistance Grants

    Jul 06, 2016
    Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced its FY2016 food assistance grants. USDA will provide U.S. commodities and financial and technical support to food-insecure communities in Africa, Asia, and Central America through the Food for Progress Program and McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition (McGovern-Dole) Program, benefitting more than 6.1 million vulnerable people worldwide. U.S.-grown rice is expected to continue as a major player in both programs.
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  • 117th RMA Convention – Back to the Future

    Jul 05, 2016
    Founded in 1899, the USA Rice Millers’ Association (RMA) is one of the oldest agribusiness trade organizations in America and their 117th convention, held here last week, celebrated that endurance with the theme: RMA – Then and Now. RMA Chairman Robert Trahan peppered his remarks each day with facts about historic events from 1899 and attendees were encouraged to visit the RMA History Booth, set up in the Exhibit Hall, featuring old convention guides dating back to the 1920s and a photo gallery of past chairmen.
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  • Ramadan Kareem

    Jul 05, 2016
    During the Holy month of Ramadan, Muslims fast during the day. After sundown, they partake in large family feasts that feature rice-heavy traditional Arabic dishes. Rice consumption in the Muslim world always spikes during the observance, which is why USA Rice steps up promotions to increase awareness prior to the start of the holiday. This year, USA Rice partnered with local U.S. rice brands here to spread both the messages and the costs.
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  • Rice Leadership Class Completes Session II

    Jul 01, 2016
    The 2016/18 Rice Leadership Development Program class began their week of training in Chicago at the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT), where they met with Fred Seamon, Senior Director, Commodity Research & Product Development. Seamon provided an overview on using the CBOT as a tool to reduce risk.
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