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Central American rice buyers seek quality

One idea is to ship single varieties of rice as approved by the buyer. BY DWIGHT ROBERTS PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER USRPA In 2012, 15 percent of all rice exports were destined to Central America. Consisting mostly of rough rice for processing in local mills, the region has purchased an average of 570,000 metric tons over the past five ... Read More »

Rice Market & Technology Convention set for May

A record crowd is expected from throughout the Western Hemisphere BY DWIGHT ROBERTS PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER USRPA With the largest buyers of U.S. rice in the region already confirmed to participate, the 2013 edition of the Rice Market & Technology Convention is shaping up to be a major success. Set for May 28-30, 2013, at the Hilton Miami ... Read More »

USRPA works closely with Columbian rice organizations

USRPA, FEDEARROZ and INDUARROZ maintain ongoing dialogue. BY DWIGHT ROBERTS PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER USRPA The finalizing of the new U.S.- Colombia Free Trade Agreement during 2012 has to be one of the bright spots for the U.S. rice industry. Now with duty free access beginning with 79,000 tons milled basis in 2012 and increasing 3 percent each year, ... Read More »

Rice farmers look to 2013: A potential Chinese market?

Draft protocol is being updated and adjusted for Chinese review. By Dwight Roberts President and Chief Executive Officer USRPA Let’s talk about a subject that would have been a dream just a few years ago. Yes, this is not your grandfather’s market. China: Are you kidding me? We know China as the world’s largest consumer and producer of rice, so ... Read More »

Missouri Hybrids

Reduced inputs and lower seeding rates fit Bootheel operation By Carroll Smith Editor Every rice-growing region, farm and field is different, and it’s up to individual farmers to decide what works best for their operations. In the Missouri Bootheel, Don Worley and his two sons, Curtis and Jake, have found that hybrid rice yields a little higher for them than ... Read More »

Expand the delivery territory, level the playing field

USRPA responds to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange By Dwight Roberts President and Chief Executive Officer USRPA Last month, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) continued to gather feedback from throughout the rice industry with regard to the hypothetical contract changes for the rough rice futures contract. These changes include the following: 1) increase storage charges to improve convergence from 34/100 cents-per-day ... Read More »

SW Louisiana rail facility expected for 2012 crop

Farmers will be able to send rice and other grains to Mexico By Dwight Roberts President and Chief Executive Officer USRPA Resilience has always been a word to describe rice farmers. And while faced with adversity in southwest Louisiana, a group of farmers there have shown their ability to take initiatives and give themselves a new market alternative. After more ... Read More »

China: Largest rice market in the world

USRPA is optimistic that one day U.S. rice will be sold in China. By Dwight Roberts President and Chief Executive Officer USRPA China, the largest rice producer in the world, is also the largest rice consumer. With its 1.3 billion people, China has 20 percent of the world’s population but just seven percent of the arable land and seven percent ... Read More »

Central American Rice Federation visits Houston

USRPA hosts the organization’s end-of-the-year board meeting By Dwight Roberts President and Chief Executive Officer USRPA For the past several years it has been an important opportunity for the US Rice Producers Association (USRPA) to host the Federacion Centro Americana del Arroz (FECARROZ) for their end-of-the-year board meeting. Never has the meeting taken on so much importance as this December ... Read More »

Americas Rice Convention: Build it and they will come

Heavy hitters from around the world slated for the program. By Dwight Roberts President and Chief Executive Officer USRPA For the U.S. rice industry, opportunity is knocking on Miami’s door so pack your bags the for the Sunshine State and make plans to attend the 1st Americas Rice Convention, June 5-7 at the Downtown Miami Hilton Hotel. At press time ... Read More »