USA Rice Update

Letterhead Reinstated

USDA allows statement that transgenic rice is out of the supply. The USA Rice Federation is pleased to report that the U.S. rice industry scored a significant, and perhaps ultimate, victory earlier this year when, after eight years of intense work and under great scrutiny, the USDA announced that it had reinstated the following letterhead statement for use by rice ... Read More »

Deciphering the Farm Bill

Now that the 2014 Farm Bill is finally law, it’s time to break the legislation down and explain what all the options, implications and consequences are for rice farmers. We spent the better part of the last four years working with allies in Congress to ensure the interests of rice farmers were represented, and while the bill the President signed ... Read More »

Bang the Trade Drum Loudly

USA Rice seeks fair and equitable trade for our industry Now that the Farm Bill is behind us, the U.S. rice industry adds renewed focus to a key priority – trade. Producer, miller and export leaders will meet in Washington at the end of this month for the annual USA Rice Government Affairs Conference (GAC), which will cap a month ... Read More »

The future looks bright

USA Rice Federation is working for the entire industry. Stay In Touch With USA Rice • Contact Betsy at bward@usarice.com. • Visit USA Rice at www.usarice.com. • Check out their You Tube channel at youtube.com/user/TheUsaRiceFederation. • Follow them on Twitter@eatusrice. Last month’s USA Rice Outlook Conference in St. Louis was a great success. Attendance was up despite inclement weather across ... Read More »

Food for Peace

Americans should continue to supply the commodities. By Johnny Broussard Director Industry Affairs & Communications USA Rice Federation USA Rice Federation strongly opposes President Barack Obama’s proposed budget changes for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 operation of the United States’ humanitarian overseas food aid program, known as Food for Peace (FFP) or P.L. 480 Title II. In Fiscal Year 2012, ... Read More »

A brave new world

Our industry must aggressively campaign to promote U.S. rice. By Sarah Winnan Moran Manager International Promotion USA Rice Federation For more than 15 years, the United States has enjoyed a robust market share in Latin America. A logistics advantage, strong contract performances and the ability to promptly ship specific quantities (including rough rice) enabled the United States to be the ... Read More »

The glass is half full

The 113th Congress offers challenges as well as reasons for hope. BY LINDA RAUN CHAIRMAN, USA RICE PRODUCERS’ GROUP USA RICE FEDERATION Despite two years of political tumult and policy uncertainty in Washington, D.C., there are reasons to be hopeful. An under-budget U.S. farm policy has fostered an unprecedented decade of growth while leading the way in exports, job creation ... Read More »

Columbia market to provide stable exports for U.S. rice

The first shipments arrived in Columbia in November 2012. BY SARAH WINNAN MANAGER, INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION USA RICE FEDERATION Colombia has become a potential growth market for U.S. rice exports, following the implementation of the U.S-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (TPA) this year. As required by the TPA, an export trading company, Colombia Rice Export Quota, Inc. (COL-RICE) was established to administer ... Read More »

Limited time, opportunity for a five-year Farm Bill

Optimal outcome: Wrap it into a larger package if policy is right. By Reece Langley VP, Government Affairs USA Rice Federation For some time now, the fate of the Farm Bill has been entangled in the larger debate over budget and taxes. Since 2010, policymakers have said they need to slash the Farm Bill to tame deficits, and that the ... Read More »