• Flood Assistance Available for Louisiana Rice Producers

    Jul 17, 2017
    Following flooding, some 2017 replanting expenses will be covered for rice farmers in some parishes in Louisiana.
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  • USA Rice Celebrates Thousands Serving Billions of School Lunches

    Jul 14, 2017
    More than five billion lunches are served each year in U.S. schools and nearly 6,000 of the men and women responsible for those nutritious meals gathered here this week for the School Nutrition Association’s (SNA) Annual National Conference. As U.S.-grown rice is a staple on those lunch menus, so too is USA Rice a staple at the conference with a popular interactive booth where staff celebrates the nation’s dedicated school foodservice providers and distributes rice information, recipes, and prizes.
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  • Costa Rica Gets a Taste of Cajun Cooking

    Jul 13, 2017
    Late last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture hosted a cooking event with the U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica Stafford Haney. USA Rice was one of the groups that supported this culinary diplomacy event, which shared Cajun cooking with Costa Rican chefs and consumers. Chef Ryan Hughes and Ambassador Haney cooked a Cajun chicken étoufée, utilizing U.S. rice.
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  • WASDE Report Released

    Jul 12, 2017
    U.S. 2017/18 all rice supplies are lowered 9.5 million cwt to 261.6 million on a production decrease, which is partially offset by slightly higher imports. Long grain production is lowered 5.6 million cwt and combined medium/short grain production is lowered 4.1 million cwt. The production decrease stems from a 123,000 acre reduction in harvested area, reflecting the floods that occurred in Northeast Arkansas and the bootheel of Missouri as well as excessive moisture in California at planting time.
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  • Changing of the Guard at USA Rice Annual Business Meeting

    Jul 12, 2017
    All four USA Rice member organizations announced their newly-elected officers during annual business meetings here this week.
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  • USA Rice Instagram Campaign Generates 6.3M Impressions

    Jul 11, 2017
    As readers may recall, back in May, USA Rice teamed up with 14 Instagram influencers known for their work in the gluten-free and parenting/lifestyle sphere to bring attention to U.S.-grown rice as the go-to grain for gluten-free diets. This strategy used visual storytelling via Instagram to raise awareness during May’s Celiac Awareness Month and the impressive power of exponential message growth was on display.
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  • USA Rice Livens Up the Lunch Line

    Jul 10, 2017
    To get young minds headed in the rice direction, USA Rice created four eye-catching posters presenting nutrition and farm facts that are perfect for decorating the walls of school cafeterias around the country. The four posters will be unveiled at the School Nutrition Association (SNA) Conference in Atlanta this week, and distributed just in time for lunchrooms everywhere to start sprucing up before school starts.
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  • Cooking for a Crowd at Restaurant Expo in Mexico

    Jul 07, 2017
    Last week, USA Rice participated in the 17th annual Expo Restaurantes, the foremost trade show for the restaurant and food service industry in Mexico that attracted more than 17,000 visitors from the surrounding metropolitan area.
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  • EPA Staff Experiences Rice Country Firsthand

    Jul 06, 2017
    Last week USA Rice and the Louisiana Rice Growers Association (LARGA) hosted six staff members from across the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Pesticide Programs to experience rice growing and milling firsthand here in Louisiana.
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  • Excellent Prospects for U.S. Medium Grain, Wild Rice in Turkey Despite Market Challenges

    Jul 05, 2017
    USA Rice was in Turkey last week and met with millers, traders, packers, and food service distributors to assess market prospects for U.S. medium grain rice and to discuss possible promotional activities for U.S. wild rice, a product gaining increasing popularity in the Turkish market.
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