• Enhanced Coordination Between USDA and FDA Could Improve Food Safety, Efficient Oversight

    Jan 31, 2018
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have entered into a formal agreement to make food oversight more efficient and effective, according to an announcement by the two agencies yesterday. The agreement aims to increase interagency collaboration, streamline inspection responsibilities, eliminate inefficiencies, and improve regulatory clarity and transparency in agriculture and food-processing industries.
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  • USA Rice Wants GM Rice from China to Stay There

    Jan 30, 2018
    Last week, Chinese news agencies excitedly reported on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granting approval to an experimental genetically modified rice strain, Huahui-1. USA Rice does not share their excitement and does not want the GM rice to enter the United States.
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  • NAFTA Talks Inch Forward, But More Work Needed

    Jan 29, 2018
    Trade ministers from Canada, Mexico, and the United States have ended the 6th round of negotiations to modernize the North American Free trade Agreement (NAFTA) without issuing a joint statement, and signaling various levels of progress.
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  • USA Rice Welcomes Jesica Kincaid

    Jan 29, 2018
    Jesica Kincaid joins the USA Rice trade team.
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  • USA Rice Sees KORUS Modernization Talks as Opportunity

    Jan 26, 2018
    The U.S. and Korean governments have begun discussions to modernize the free trade agreement between the two countries which is commonly known as KORUS. Rice was removed from the original KORUS agreement, which took effect in 2012.
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  • Video Highlights New Rice Stewardship Partner: Nestlé Purina

    Jan 25, 2018
    Nestlé Purina recently became a supporter of the USA Rice-Ducks Unlimited Rice Stewardship Partnership, which works to keep working ricelands healthy, preserve wetlands, and create habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife.
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  • Registered Dietitians Predict Next Nutrition Trends

    Jan 25, 2018
    A recent survey of more than 2,050 registered dietitians (RD) revealed the food trends that will dictate consumer choices in 2018, some of which are good news for rice. The “What’s Trending in Nutrition” survey, conducted by USA Rice consultant Pollock Communications and Today’s Dietitian, shows top trends and superfoods include an increased awareness and commitment to “clean eating” diets and the rise in popularity of ancient grains.
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  • Head to the Rice Aisle at the 2018 North Louisiana Ag Expo

    Jan 24, 2018
    This past weekend, the Louisiana Rice Council, along with USA Rice and the North East Louisiana Rice Growers Association (NELA) attended the 2018 North Louisiana Ag Expo here. Held each year at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center, this event welcomes several thousand visitors to experience all things agriculture, including the Ag Alley Mini Farm, educational seminars, a junior livestock show, and a trade show.
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  • USDA Releases Farm Bill & Legislative Principles

    Jan 24, 2018
    Today, Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue unveiled the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Bill & Legislative Principles for Congress to consider as they craft the Farm Bill and other legislation impacting rural America. The principles cover a wide array of USDA’s mission areas, including farm production and conservation, trade and foreign agricultural affairs, marketing and regulatory programs, food safety and inspection services, and rural development.
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  • Ag Secretary Perdue Has a Rice Day in Arkansas

    Jan 23, 2018
    At the end of his day in Arkansas last Friday, Secretary Perdue tweeted, “Always the best way to find out what’s working and what’s not – talk to the producers of American agriculture.”
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