USA Rice Update

Earn a college scholarship by creating a winning National Rice Month video

2017 rice month scholarship

If you are high school seniors bound for college or know of one, the National Rice Month Scholarship contest may be for him or her. The program, which involves creating a video, is open to graduating students from Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Texas. They simply create and submit a three-minute video to heighten awareness and promote U.S.-grown rice. The ... Read More »

Rice Foundation seeks applicants for 2019 Rice Leadership Program

2018-20 rice leadership development program class

The Rice Foundation is accepting applications for the 2019 Rice Leadership Development Program. Rice producers or industry-related professionals between the ages of 25 and 45 are eligible to apply for the program. The application deadline is Oct. 5. The Rice Leadership Development Program provides a comprehensive understanding of the rice industry, with an emphasis on personal development and communication skills. ... Read More »

International markets will keep us busy this summer

export shipments

I want to assure you that even though this column is going on hiatus for the summer, our work continues unabated. We will spend the summer as we do every season — finding and opening new markets, expanding opportunities in existing markets, and fighting threats to the U.S. industry here and abroad. Read More »

The customer’s stomach is always right

different rice varieties

As far as adages go, “The customer is always right” is one of the most famous; another is that “an army marches on its stomach.” I’ve created a combined version — a hybrid if you will — “The customer’s stomach is always right.” In addition to tracking rice import statistics and domestic acreage that give us a sense of the ... Read More »

Rice industry sets priorities for the next Farm Bill

congress

I’m not going to lie to you — things in Washington, D.C., are a little strange. Important positions in some federal agencies are going unfilled, at times the administration appears to be at war with itself and Congress is more divided than ever. So we were thrilled to receive good news last month when Congress, in passing a short-term budget ... Read More »

Help on two fronts

organic rice

A new risk-management program aids growers of specialty and organic rices, while another sleuths out fraudulently labeled organic rice. Read More »