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All factors suggest another year of lower prices

By Kurt Guidry LSU AgCenter The rice market has been in a mostly downward trending pattern since the start of 2015. Large production and supplies from the 2014 crop have laid heavy on this market, seeing futures prices falling from around $12 per hundredweight ($19.44 per barrel) to start 2015 to the current level around $10 per hundredweight ($16.20 per ... Read More »

Early RMTC sign up is brisk

Rice Market & Technology Convention goes to Cancun, Mexico! Building on the success of last year’s big event in San Jose, Costa Rica, the 2015 Rice Market & Technology Convention (RMTC 2015) is heading to Mexico, the largest rice-importing country in the Western Hemisphere. The following well known companies and entities have already confirmed registration: Saman (Uruguay), Arrocera Los Corrales ... Read More »

When Rice Shakes The World

Thought-provoking ideas about the future By Carroll Smith Editor The subtitle reads: “The Importance Of First Grain To World Economic & Political Stability.” Indeed, these words do hint at the theme, but upon settling into this masterfully written, easy-to-read book by Milo Hamilton, the essence of When Rice Shakes the World proves to be much more. The book is extremely ... Read More »

Fair trade pudding, Mars, your farm and the WTO

Some trading ‘partners’ fail to live up to their agreements. Trade is all about two parties exchanging things the other wants. Competition is when two or more entities vie for a single prize. Fair trade is when all the parties involved agree on rules to govern their competition and then abide by those rules. Unfortunately, today’s global agriculture trade has ... Read More »

Mars Food’s No. 1 Principle Is Quality

George Graham Vice President – Research & Development Mars Food North America Mars Food has five core principles, and quality is No. 1. We are very proud of our reputation and are actively involved in the rice supply chain from science all the way through to consumer products. We are heavily involved with the breeder programs in the Southern states, ... Read More »

Cuba and the USA

Nurturing the seeds of a new beginning…finally. The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” I am reminded of this Chinese proverb when I reflect on the foresight and perseverance that American rice farmers and their allies displayed almost 20 years ago. It was then that the US Rice Producers Association ... Read More »

U.S. Rice Ready to Roll

No cash bids being offered throughout the year can definitely be described as a “tight spot.” And when rice farmers find themselves in a tight spot, they don’t give up. That’s not their nature. Instead, they look for another alternative to sell their rice. Several years ago, a small group of rice farmers in southwest Louisiana, who were faced with this situation, came up with an idea to send their rice to Mexico via rail. The inspiration for this thought was a rail facility located at the Lacassine Agri-Industrial Park that originally had been intended to carry sugar. Although that venture did not pan out, the property, infrastructure, spur and truck scales were all still there. Mark Pousson, who is the manager of what is now the South Louisiana Rail Facility (SLRF) in Lacasinne, explains how Mike Strain – the Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry in Louisiana – and Governor Jindal’s administration worked with them to “make something happen.” Read More »

Mercosur expands its international rice trade

This market situation deserves attention for supply potential and ability to set prices. By Tiago Barata Owner/Publisher of Agrotendencias Ltda – a rice market analysis publication focused on the Mercosur market Sao Gabriel, RG, Brazil Advisory Group, USRPA A yearly contributor to the Rice Market & Technology Convention Commercial Flow Status Representing slightly more than three percent of the global ... Read More »

Good Rice Equals Good Prices

U.S . rice has improved in terms of whole grain, but we are still having problems with the quantity of chalk and cooking. The United States had very good quality rice in the past , so we expect that same quality today.” – Jose Tudo by Jose Tudo Business Manager of Arrocera OMOA El Salvador Rice is one of the ... Read More »

Closing the Gap in Central America

USA Rice Federation is the problem solver for the industry. By Betsy Ward President and CEO USA Rice Federation One of the most valuable players any organization can have is a Problem Solver. Whether you are talking about business, sport or philanthropy, people who tackle problems head on and offer up solutions are the ones who can truly impact the ... Read More »