Tag Archives: Ag Policy

The real meaning of quality

Charles Eames, an American designer who was born a few years into the 20th century and worked in the industrial and graphic design fields, once said, “Eventually, everything connects – people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.” The word “quality” is no stranger to the U.S. rice industry either. For the past ... Read More »

Crop Insurance Q&A

Risk management tool sparks questions from farmers Editor’s Note: When the new Farm Bill was signed into law, the spotlight beamed brightly on crop insurance. Ethan Branscum, Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation Assistant Director of Commodity Activities & Economics offers answers to frequently asked questions regarding this risk management tool in today’s ag environment. Q. Why is crop insurance a new ... Read More »

Frozen – not the movie – 54 years ago

In 1961, representing more than half a century gone by, the United States severed all ties with Cuba, and U.S. rice began disappearing from Cuban dinner tables, grocery store shelves and restaurants. Prior to the embargo, Cuba was one of the largest markets for U.S. rice. To remind those who were living during that time and educate those who were ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Prices could continue to move higher after the first of the year

By Kurt Guidry LSU AgCenter The fundamental supply and demand situation was provided a small boost with the release of the USDA’s November supply and demand report. For much of 2012, the rice market has been fairly stagnant as lackluster demand has limited momentum. However, signs of improving demand and prospects for additional future demand are starting to firm up ... Read More »