Tag Archives: Marketing

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 »

High-Quality Rice Satisfies Farmers, Markets

John Morgan Vice President Louisiana Rice Mill LLC Crowley, La. Today, quality has got to come back into the discussion across all segments of the U.S. rice industry. We are seeing a higher demand for quality rice from our customers and have to strike a balance between a farmer’s goal for higher field yields and the market’s desire for higher ... 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 »

Museums Of Entomology

A well-curated collection is an efficient way to identify potential pests By Carroll Smith Editor As a rice farmer, if you’ve seen one rice water weevil, you’ve probably seen them all. However, when an insect shows up that farmers, consultants, Extension personnel, USDA or other industry folks don’t recognize, then it’s time to solicit the identification and diagnostic services of ... Read More »

USA Rice supports new U.S. rice variety in Ghana

LSU AgCenter’s Jazzman enters this important market. By Jim Guinn VP, International Promotion USA Rice Federation As the fourth-largest exporter of rice, the United States faces stiff competition from the world’s leading rice exporters – Thailand and Vietnam. But as any good marketer will tell you, customers will flock to products that offer exceptional quality, and U.S. rice is in ... 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 »

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 »

NRCS Receives CRC’s Circle Of Life Award

Top leaders from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) were on hand recently to receive the California Rice Commission’s Circle of Life Award for their pioneering work to help improve wildlife habitat in the state’s rice fields. The Circle of Life Award recognizes people and organizations that provide outstanding assistance to California rice. This year’s honor involves the NRCS’ ... 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 »

Rice farming reality show: Yea or nay?

By Carroll Smith Editor I always look forward to attending the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show, which is held on the first weekend of March in Memphis. It’s a time to get a look at “all things ag,” visit with our readers and old friends who drop by the booth and meet new people who also share a passion for ... Read More »