Tag Archives: Ag Policy

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 »

Ducks Unlimited Receives Conservation Achievement Award

Ducks Unlimited (DU) Inc. is the recipient of the USA Rice Federation’s Distinguished Conservation Achievement Award, which recognizes the organization’s leadership in and contributions to U.S. wetlands and waterfowl conservation. The award honors those whose exemplary leadership and other major contributions to conservation benefit natural resources and wildlife significantly, with those values and benefits being extended to the local, state ... 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 »