USA Rice Update

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 »

USA Rice supports new U.S. rice variety in Ghana

LSU AgCenter’s Jazzman enters this important market. By Jim Guinn VP, International Promotion USA Rice Federation As the fourth-largest exporter of rice, the United States faces stiff competition from the world’s leading rice exporters – Thailand and Vietnam. But as any good marketer will tell you, customers will flock to products that offer exceptional quality, and U.S. rice is in ... Read More »

Farm Bill 2012: What happens next?

Chairman Raun brings industry up-to-date on Farm Bill progress By Linda Raun Chairman USA Rice Producers’ Group USA Rice Federation As I write this piece to offer some clarity on what to expect in this year’s Farm Bill debate, a lot remains unclear. But, if I had to foreshadow what I think may happen, it would go along these lines. ... Read More »

Unity and leadership are the keys to success

Inclusion of all and respect for all create strength in the field By Jackie Loewer Chairman USA Rice Federation The U.S. rice industry is no stranger to challenges or threats, but we have a proven way forward that’s built on unity, inclusion, leadership and plain old hard work. Every season brings its usual challenges of weather, input costs and the ... Read More »

Maintain the ‘Gold Standard’ reputation of U.S. long-grain

USA Rice members aim to secure marketability and competitiveness By Robert Cummings Chief Operating Officer USA Rice Federation USA Rice Federation members took on a new multi-year challenge in February 2011 to bolster the marketability and competitiveness of U.S. long-grain rice in domestic and international markets. The Rice Marketability and Competitiveness Task Force aims to secure the future marketability of ... Read More »

U.S. House establishes congressional Rice Caucus

Bipartisan group has representatives from all rice-growing states By Reece Langley VP Government Affairs USA Rice Federation Representative Rick Crawford (RAR) said it best, “Rice is a unique industry, which faces its own set of challenges and opportunities. With a new Farm Bill being written next year, I wanted to gather together representatives from other rice-producing districts to ensure the ... Read More »