• Return of the Rice Queen

    Oct 31, 2016
    USA Rice is pleased to welcome Lydia Holmes back to USA Rice as the new Regulatory Affairs Manager. Lydia originally worked for the Government Affairs team at USA Rice while studying for her master’s degree in Public Administration at George Washington University (GWU).
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  • The Rice Market Anomaly That Is China

    Oct 28, 2016
    According to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), global rice production declined by 6.65 million tons in 2015/16, which USDA reports led to reduced consumption of rice in animal feeds and to some extent in food, particularly in India and Thailand. That situation was reversed in the latest USDA forecast with production forecasted to rebound by 11.17 million tons in 2016/17 to a new record of 482.26 million tons. Ending stocks are forecasted to rise 5.1 million tons to 120.7 million tons or a little more than 25 percent of consumption.
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  • USA Rice Celebrates World Food Day in Mexico

    Oct 27, 2016
    Earlier this month, USA Rice sponsored an event here to commemorate Dia Mundial de la Alimentación (World Food Day), a day of action against hunger where people around the world come together to declare their commitment to eradicate hunger.
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  • Chef de Riz Named at International Rice Festival

    Oct 26, 2016
    Despite the major flooding that inundated much of rice country in August and threatened cancellation of this year’s Rice and Creole Cookery, the contest proceeded as scheduled last Friday and was a huge success. One hundred and forty-nine dishes were entered in the cook-off held at the 80th Annual International Rice Festival. Joshia Dietz of Lafayette claimed the title of Chef de Riz (Cooker of Rice).
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  • Ad Campaign Underway in Saudi Arabia: Making Life in the Kitchen Easier

    Oct 26, 2016
    USA Rice initiated a month long advertising campaign here that will reach 80 percent of the population in this, Saudi Arabia’s second largest city and an important commercial hub and the principal gateway to the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina.
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  • The Survey Says: Health Professionals Provide Insight into Rice

    Oct 25, 2016
    Last week, at the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE), USA Rice surveyed 230 health professionals to gain insight on rice attitudes and usage. The good news is that health professionals are huge proponents of rice. In fact, 98 percent of those in a position to make dietary recommendations, said they encourage their patients to include rice and rice products in their diet. But their responses also shed light on education gaps and growth opportunities for the rice industry.
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  • USA Rice Launches Sustainability Attitude Survey

    Oct 24, 2016
    The concept of sustainability is clearly a driving force in our society today, and it’s one that businesses, industries, individuals, and government agencies are trying to get their heads around and define. In pursuit of a better understanding of what sustainability means to and for the U.S. rice industry, USA Rice is launching a quick online survey consisting of just seven questions, all but one of which are multiple choice or true/false.
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  • Market Access an Uphill Climb in EU

    Oct 21, 2016
    Popular opposition to trade agreements and EU protectionism of “sensitive” agricultural products, including rice, are two factors holding back progress on a massive trade deal between the United States and the European Union called the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or T-TIP. A delegation of USA Rice members and staff traveled here last week to meet with EU officials, private sector agriculture groups, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s office at the U.S. Mission to the EU.
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  • World Market Price Meeting Focuses on Flooding, Foreign Competition

    Oct 20, 2016
    Tuesday, the World Market Price subcommittee held their final meeting of 2016 here where USA Rice Members met with representatives from the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the Economic Research Service (ERS), the Farm Service Agency (FSA), and the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) to discuss a variety of domestic and international issues facing the rice industry.
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  • USA Rice Shares Production Outlook and Consumer Trends at UK Rice Symposium

    Oct 19, 2016
    A delegation of USA Rice members and staff visited here last week to participate in the Biannual Symposium of the UK Rice Association, where more than 100 members of the UK rice trade, including importers, wholesalers, and retailers servicing the mainstream and ethnic markets gathered.
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