• New Mid-South RCPP Deadlines Approaching

    Nov 15, 2017
    Over the past month, USA Rice hosted outreach meetings across Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Missouri to spread the word about the new Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), Mid-South Graduated Water Stewardship, that will bring financial assistance to rice producers implementing working lands conservation programs throughout the four states.
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  • Arkansas Rice Farmer Jennifer James Named 2017 Farmer of the Year

    Nov 15, 2017
    Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture last night announced the recipients of its inaugural 2017 Sustainability Leadership Awards and Arkansas rice farmer Jennifer James was named 2017 Farmer of the Year.
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  • Japan’s Foodservice Industry Creates High Demand for U.S. Medium Grain

    Nov 14, 2017
    Demand for U.S. medium grain rice by the foodservice industry in Japan is on the upswing as the first Simultaneous Buy-Sell (SBS) tender in 2017 was fully subscribed with U.S. rice gaining a 77 percent share of the 25,000 MT purchased. And on Friday, November 10, Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) announced a second tender for 25,000 MT of rice to be held on November 29.
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  • USA Rice Welcomes New Members

    Nov 13, 2017
    The USA Rice Federation is proud to announce two new members from California: Ratliff Engineering and Packaging, Inc. and The Rice Growers Association.
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  • USA Rice’s 16th Exhibition at the International Fair of Havana

    Nov 13, 2017
    Earlier this month, USA Rice participated in the annual International Fair of Havana (FIVAH) to showcase U.S. rice and meet with Alimport, the importer of U.S. food products into Cuba. Several media outlets interviewed the USA Rice team about our participation and work in Cuba over the past few years.
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  • WASDE Report Released

    Nov 09, 2017
    Total 2017/18 U.S. rice supplies are increased marginally this month to 248.9 million cwt as higher projected imports (primarily Thai fragrant rice) offset slightly lower production. In the November Crop Production report, NASS reduced the 2017/18 U.S. crop size by 200,000 cwt to 178.4 million on lower forecast yield. This is 20 percent less than last year and would be the lowest U.S. rice production since 1996/97.
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  • U.S. Rice a Permanent Fixture in ASDA Stores throughout the UK

    Nov 09, 2017
    Following two successful promotions last year, ASDA, the UK’s second largest retailer, has added U.S. long grain rice to its permanent inventory.
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  • More Options Now Available for Rice Fortification

    Nov 08, 2017
    Key stakeholders and decision makers in U.S. food aid policy recently determined that rinse resistant coated fortified rice is similar in nutrient delivery to extruded fortified rice. While extruded fortified rice is already available for use in global food assistance programs, implementing agencies can expect to see a revised commodity requirements document for both kinds of fortified rice no later than January 2018.
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  • Treasury and State Departments Tighten Restrictions on Cuba Relations

    Nov 08, 2017
    The other shoe dropped on U.S.-Cuba relations today when the U.S. Treasury Department released follow-up guidance to President Trump’s June announcement that he would be tightening sanctions and travel restrictions on Cuba.
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  • Elimination of Certain Co-op Deductions Could Doom Proposed Tax Reform Legislation

    Nov 07, 2017
    Last Thursday Congressman Kevin Brady (R-TX), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, introduced a huge tax reform bill he says will simplify the tax code, lower individual rates, and create jobs. The “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” includes several obvious wins for agriculture including the repeal of the estate tax and maintaining stepped-up basis for the inheritance of farm property, however, there are still questions about how beneficial the tax plan will be for farmers and ag businesses.
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