Tag Archives: trade policy

Roaring toward new trade deals

People have been calling this new decade “The Roaring ’20s.” With the way things have been moving forward on the international trade front, that certainly seems to be the case. New trade developments at the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020 are pushing ahead, and the U.S. rice industry is poised to benefit from international markets as never ... Read More »

Louisianans recognized at Rice Outlook Conference

2020 rice leadership class

• By Bruce Schultz • Rice farmers, researchers and industry representatives from rice-growing states, including Louisiana, met in Little Rock, Arkansas, Dec. 8-10 for the annual Rice Outlook Conference and Trade Show. Louisiana farmer Jason Waller of Mer Rouge, Louisiana, was among seven people chosen for the new Rice Leadership Class. Waller also is a member of the Louisiana Rice ... Read More »

USDA expects to begin 2nd round of MFP payments before Thanksgiving

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is expected to begin making the second round of 2019 Market Facilitation Program payments the week before Thanksgiving to help farmers suffering from trade retaliations by foreign nations. Producers of MFP-eligible commodities will be eligible to receive 25% of the total payment expected in addition to the 50% they already have received from the 2019 ... Read More »

Farm bankruptcies continue to rise

farm bankruptcies by state

The U.S. Department of Agriculture currently projects farm income in 2019 to reach $88 billion — the highest net farm income since 2014’s $92 billion but still 29% below 2013’s record high. In addition, nearly 40% of that income — some $33 billion in total — is related to trade assistance, disaster assistance, the farm bill and insurance indemnities and ... Read More »

Row rice gains interest in northeast Louisiana

row rice louisiana

Rice farmers in northeast Louisiana, including those interested in trying row rice, heard advice from LSU AgCenter scientists about the upcoming 2019 season at a recent meeting in Rayville. They also heard some potentially good news from the president of USA Rice about possible rice sales to China. Row rice is becoming more popular with more than 100,000 acres in ... Read More »

As the year ends, we check the rearview mirror

ride with rice truck

USA Rice kicked off the third leg of the Think Rice Road Trip in October. And it seems to me like a good time to take a look in the rearview mirror and reflect on the many rice success stories from the past year as our journey culminates at the USA Rice Outlook Conference in San Diego in December. Anyone ... Read More »

Rice should benefit from new USMCA trade agreement, says CoBank report

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The recently negotiated United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, likely successor to the North American Free Trade Agreement, should go a long way at eliminating incentives for Mexico to import rice from countries other than the United States. That is the conclusion contained in a recently released report from CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange Division. For years, Mexico had been the No. 1 export destination ... Read More »