• 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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  • 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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  • Cigars, Rum, and Tractors but Why Not Rice?

    Oct 17, 2016
    The Obama Administration announced a number of new directives that will bolster trade between the United States and Cuba, and while one is particularly welcome, others point to the continued exclusion of rice – a potentially top export to the island if only remaining hurdles can be cleared.
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  • Hope on the Horizon: UAR Projects 25% Growth in Global Rice Trade by 2025

    Oct 12, 2016
    U.S. and global rice prices continue the drop into dangerous territory along with an array of other commodity staples within the global diet. Weak market prices are no stranger to rice farmers or nearly any crop farmer, for that matter. But there’s hope on the horizon. University of Arkansas Distinguished Professor and L.C. Carter Endowed Chair Dr. Eric Wailes made some promising projections during a recent speech at the Arkansas Rice Expo, based on a number of market factors.
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  • Following Pesticide Violations, Rice Imports from Viet Nam Down

    Oct 05, 2016
    Viet Nam, one of the largest producers and exporters of rice in the world, and one that comes under frequent suspicion of violating World Trade Organization (WTO) obligations, is under new scrutiny for violating U.S. food safety regulations. Between January and August of this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rejected 95 shipping containers of jasmine rice and rice products from Viet Nam citing illegal pesticide residue in all but one of the cases.
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