Tag Archives: exports

2021 is presenting its own challenges to the rice industry

destroyed binis

Last year had unpredictable ups and downs. Unprecedented hurricane and fire seasons wracked both the South and Northern California, international shipping logistics have been disrupted and some of our largest foreign markets are still reeling from the impact of COVID-19. The pandemic isn’t over quite yet, and of course the weather doesn’t follow anyone’s orders. But with the arrival of the ... Read More »

USA Rice continues to support worldwide rice-based food aid

us rice food aid

If there’s any wisdom we can glean from the unprecedented events of the past year, it’s how important it is to support each other and our communities and come together during tough times. The U.S. rice industry takes that lesson to heart, both in our own backyards and beyond our borders. International food aid was one of our greatest cumulative ... Read More »

Domestic rice markets continue to shine as exports lag

rice shelves at grocery store

• By Kurt Guidry • As we head into planting season for the 2021 rice crop, the current cash rice market in Louisiana has remained supported in the $20 to $21 per-barrel range ($12.35 to $12.96 per hundredweight). A 500,000 acre increase in 2020 plantings resulted in a nearly 23% increase in total rice production. But tight stocks to start ... Read More »

Without acreage decreases and demand increases, 2021 prices could soften

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• By Kurt Guidry • Tight stocks and favorable demand have helped support rice prices for much of 2020, which saw a large increase in rice acres and the potential for drastically higher production and supply levels. Historically, this type of situation would result in heavy downward pressure on prices. While 2020 prices were lower than levels experienced in 2019, ... Read More »

Rice market remains resilient but could face headwinds later in 2021

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• By Kurt M. Guidry • Despite several challenges in 2020, the rice market has been resilient and has remained fairly stable. The first challenge was the large increase in acres in 2020, most of which were in long grain. Total acres harvested this season are estimated at just under 3 million acres, roughly 21% more than in 2019. A ... Read More »

First commercial shipment of U.S. rice unloaded in China

china rice buyer

• By Peter Bachmann • The first-ever commercial shipment of U.S.-grown rice was unloaded in China Oct. 27 following more than a decade of regulatory and political effort by USA Rice to establish a two-way trading relationship with the nation. The premium, medium-grain Calrose rice was grown in California and sold by ADM Rice Inc. to a private importer under ... Read More »

South Louisiana Rail Facility to build rice mill

south louisiana rail facility

The South Louisiana Rail Facility plans to develop an $11.6 million rice mill in Jefferson Davis Parish. Located at the Lacassine Industrial Park, SLRF is owned by the Jefferson Davis Parish Police Jury and can handle up to 25,000 bushels of rice per hour for storage and export. SLRF will invest $10 million to equip the new 15,000-square-foot facility, with ... Read More »

Global rice prices recede from peak, but some remain above pre-pandemic levels

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• By Ryan McGeeney • As several rice-exporting countries around the world begin to ease COVID-related export and other trade restrictions, global prices have become more competitive, falling from their peak earlier in May, according to an economic impact report from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. Alvaro Durand-Morat, research assistant professor for the Division of Agriculture and ... Read More »

Much stronger foundation

ship loading at Baton Rouge

Even with a projected acreage increase, the market appears better than 2017 as long as demand doesn’t wane. • By Kurt Guidry • The current rice market continues to show strength despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the prospects for larger acreage and larger production levels in 2020. In Louisiana, current cash offers for old crop rice have been able to ... Read More »

Tight stocks, positive market set the tone for this season

drill seeding rice near crowley

• By Kurt Guidry • The improvement in rice prices over the last half of 2019 and the start of 2020 certainly has created a great deal more optimism in the rice industry. While it likely took longer than most would have preferred, the reduction of available supplies with the smaller 2019 crop coupled with stronger export prices being seen ... Read More »