USA Rice Update

New year, fresh start

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It seems like we spent a good portion of the past year counting the days until it would be over — and now it finally is. We’re turning the page on what by all accounts was a pretty terrible year. At the risk of jinxing us, 2021 is off to a good start. Most importantly, the scientific and medical community ... Read More »

A nontraditional December fit for 2020

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Under normal circumstances as the year draws to a close, we would be gathering at the USA Rice Outlook Conference to learn, celebrate, and spend time with friends and colleagues from the industry around the country. Of course, these aren’t normal circumstances. Public health concerns and travel restrictions have prevented us from getting together this time around, but it can’t ... Read More »

COVID-19 prompts cancellation of 2020 Rice Outlook Conference

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• By Deborah Willenborg • The 2020 USA Rice Outlook Conference, scheduled for Dec. 9-11, in Austin, Texas, will not be held in-person due to the impossibility of putting on a large trade show and conference in compliance with public health safety guidelines and regulations. The USA Rice Board of Directors met via conference call Sept. 1 to discuss other ... Read More »

U.S. rice industry announces 2030 sustainability targets

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This is an exciting time to grow rice in the United States. Advances in technology and innovative practices have revolutionized the industry and made us one of the most sustainable crops in the world. Over the past 30 years, we’ve seen significant decreases in energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, groundbreaking efforts to support conservation and reduction of water use ... Read More »

COVID-19 will test us, but we will not falter

These are difficult times for us all, to be sure. As I write this, sitting not in my office with a view of the Washington Monument but rather in my home in suburban Maryland, I can’t help but think how much our lives have changed in just one week. I’m trying to imagine what conditions will exist as you read ... Read More »

Sustainable practices help pave the way ahead

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It’s hard to believe it’s almost spring, and we’re charging forward into another crop year. No doubt as you have been preparing for planting season, you’ve been reflecting on the successes and challenges of previous seasons and applying those practical lessons on your farm. Sustainability goals help offer new solutions every year, saving farmers money, time and resources, and resonating ... Read More »

Roaring toward new trade deals

People have been calling this new decade “The Roaring ’20s.” With the way things have been moving forward on the international trade front, that certainly seems to be the case. New trade developments at the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020 are pushing ahead, and the U.S. rice industry is poised to benefit from international markets as never ... Read More »

Optimism welcomes a new, and better, year

Every year around this time, many of us make resolutions, looking forward to the new year and imagining how we can make the world a better place and improve ourselves. It’s a time of new beginnings, fresh starts and optimism! There’s no doubt 2019 was hard: Prices and acreage were down; uncertainty plagued the trade front; and weather, where the ... Read More »

We’re ready to forget 2019, but there are some highlights

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Farmers know better than anyone that not every year is going to be easy, but 2019 has certainly tried our collective patience. With heavy rain and even flooding across the country this spring, planting was delayed and almost 750,000 acres never got planted. With more than half of the U.S. rice crop exported annually, ongoing trade disputes, retaliatory tariffs and ... Read More »

USA Rice Outlook Conference registration opens

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Registration for the USA Rice Outlook Conference, the largest rice-specific event in North America, opened this week. USA Rice has added to the conference this year to ensure the event’s tagline, “If Rice is Your Business, This is Your Meeting,” holds true. “In addition to general sessions with powerful speakers, we will feature more than 15 hours of educational programming ... Read More »