• Myriad of Subjects Covered at Annual Grower Meetings in California

    Jan 22, 2018
    Nearly 200 growers attended last week’s California Rice Commission Annual Grower Meetings getting comprehensive briefings on key issues facing the industry.
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  • Arkansas Ag Task Force to Issue Voluntary Smoke Management Guidelines

    Jan 19, 2018
    The Arkansas Rice Farmers board recently created a task force to develop crop management guidelines to address community concerns about smoke created when farmers burn row crop field refuse each fall. The task force had their second and final meeting earlier this week where they finalized the Voluntary Smoke Management Guidelines for Agricultural Burning.
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  • U.S. Rice Brings Unique Flavor to Texas Saké

    Jan 18, 2018
    Texas, with its rough and tumble reputation, might be the last place you’d expect to find a saké brewery. But here in the state’s capital, the Texas Saké Company has staked a claim as the state’s first and only saké brewery. And even more impressive than their ‘lone star’ status, is the fact that they’re using Calrose rice when brewing up the iconic beverage.
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  • Colorful Rice Appeals to the Foodservice Palate

    Jan 17, 2018
    Across the country, rice in a rainbow of colors is showing up in restaurants. From Asian-inspired dishes to rice bowls and side dishes, exotic black, pink, brown, red, and even purple rice are increasing in popularity and visibility.
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  • Mexico Opens Door to U.S. Competitors

    Jan 16, 2018
    Amidst tense renegotiations and rhetoric around the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the government of Mexico (GOM) has announced a tariff rate quota (TRQ) for rice of 150,000 metric tons (MT) each for calendar year 2018 and calendar year 2019. Under the TRQ, rice can be imported in any form (paddy, milled) and avoid the 20 percent duty on milled rice or the 9 percent duty on paddy rice. This TRQ is identical in amount, terms, and purpose as took place in 2017.
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  • Rice Farming Half a World Away

    Jan 12, 2018
    My wife, Karen, and I are just back from a vacation, not a business trip, on a Mekong River cruise through Cambodia, plus a week in northern Viet Nam prior to the cruise and a few days in Ho Chi Minh City, post-cruise.
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  • WASDE Report Released

    Jan 12, 2018
    U.S. 2017/18 all rice production is 178.2 million cwt, down fractionally from the previous estimate and down 20 percent from last year.
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  • Japan, Mexico, UK, China, Jordan Priorities for USA Rice 2018 International Promotion Areas

    Jan 11, 2018
    Leadership from the USA Rice International Promotion Committee and the USA Rice Council met here this week to examine the current export picture for U.S.-grown rice and discuss future marketing and trade policy programs. While U.S. rice faces tariff and non-tariff barriers in many markets, the group endorsed USA Rice’s proposed strategy for the coming year with some adjustments to ensure maximum impact.
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  • Turkey Reduces Rice Import Duties

    Jan 10, 2018
    In an effort to lower food price inflation the government of Turkey recently passed a law to reduce import duties on different types of rice. The new import regime was published in the Turkish Trade Registry Gazette on December 31, 2017, and listed new import duties that will be applied on imported goods as of January 2018.
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  • Amid Talk of Trade and Next Farm Bill, Trump Attends Farm Bureau Conference to Give Ag a Boost

    Jan 09, 2018
    During the recent American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Convention here, President Zippy Duvall convened a special meeting for a select group of nationally recognized commodity and farm organizations to facilitate dialogue around the wide array of farm bill priorities and to identify common ground among the diverse group. USA Rice was among the exclusive list of participants, along with executives from every major commodity organization, presidents of state farm bureau chapters, and Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS), as well as staff from Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue’s office.
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