• Cruz Lifts Hold; Senate Confirms Northey at USDA

    Feb 27, 2018
    The Senate confirmed Bill Northey as USDA Undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation today after an extended stalemate surrounding his confirmation.
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  • CSP Sign-Up Deadlines This Friday

    Feb 27, 2018
    The deadline to apply for two Conservation Stewardship Programs (CSP) is this Friday, March 2. Producers should note that they will have to choose which program to apply for, and that they can only apply for one.
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  • USDA Projects Increase in U.S. Rice Production

    Feb 23, 2018
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its first projections for major crops for the 2018/19 crop years today, and according to the report, total rice production is forecast at 217.8 million hundred-weight (cwt), up sharply from 178.2 million cwt a year earlier, based on a 17-percent increase in planted acreage to 2.88 million acres. Higher expected returns for rice at planting compared with alternative crops, primarily corn and soybeans, is responsible for the projected increase in rice area.
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  • New Bill Focuses Attention on Organic Food

    Feb 08, 2018
    Representative John Faso (R-NY) has introduced a bill that addresses fraudulent organic agricultural imports and proposes to increase funding to the National Organic Program (NOP) for oversight and technology upgrades. USA Rice has continually raised the issue of fraudulent organic rice imports with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because they are harmful to domestic organic rice producers.
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  • WASDE Report Released

    Feb 08, 2018
    The U.S. 2017/18 rice supply and demand estimates are unchanged this month. The projected season-average farm price for all rice is lowered 10 cents at the midpoint of the range. The reduction is primarily attributed to lower-than-expected long-grain prices reported by NASS.
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