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Changing of the guard as USA Rice elects news leadership

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• By Deborah Willenborg • USA Rice, The Rice Foundation, the USA Rice Millers’ Association and the USA Rice Merchants’ Association elected new chairs for their respective board of directors during recent annual meetings held via video conference calls. All newly elected officers will assume their two-year posts Aug. 1. USA Rice’s new chair, Bobby Hanks, CEO of Supreme Rice ... Read More »

U.S. rice industry announces 2030 sustainability targets

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This is an exciting time to grow rice in the United States. Advances in technology and innovative practices have revolutionized the industry and made us one of the most sustainable crops in the world. Over the past 30 years, we’ve seen significant decreases in energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, groundbreaking efforts to support conservation and reduction of water use ... Read More »

COVID-19 will test us, but we will not falter

These are difficult times for us all, to be sure. As I write this, sitting not in my office with a view of the Washington Monument but rather in my home in suburban Maryland, I can’t help but think how much our lives have changed in just one week. I’m trying to imagine what conditions will exist as you read ... Read More »

Sustainable practices help pave the way ahead

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It’s hard to believe it’s almost spring, and we’re charging forward into another crop year. No doubt as you have been preparing for planting season, you’ve been reflecting on the successes and challenges of previous seasons and applying those practical lessons on your farm. Sustainability goals help offer new solutions every year, saving farmers money, time and resources, and resonating ... Read More »

COVID-19 disrupts world rice marketing

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• By Peter Bachmann • The coronavirus pandemic, officially known as the “COVID-19” outbreak, has seemingly reached every corner of the globe and affected nearly every aspect of life since news of it hit the press in mid-January. International trade has been no exception to the disruptions. Cargo ships continue to chug across our oceans and barges continue to travel ... Read More »

We’re ready to forget 2019, but there are some highlights

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Farmers know better than anyone that not every year is going to be easy, but 2019 has certainly tried our collective patience. With heavy rain and even flooding across the country this spring, planting was delayed and almost 750,000 acres never got planted. With more than half of the U.S. rice crop exported annually, ongoing trade disputes, retaliatory tariffs and ... Read More »

The ‘last straw,’ made from rice, may be the most ecological

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• By Lesley Dixon • More and more businesses, consumers and governments are looking for ways to decrease their single-use plastic consumption, and disposable plastic straws have become a lightning rod in the worldwide effort to reduce plastic waste. Recently, scientists and manufacturers have turned to a new material that could make single-use plastics in the foodservice industry obsolete: rice. ... Read More »

USA Rice opens Rice Month Scholarship Contest

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High school seniors in the six U.S. rice-producing states have a chance to compete for $8,500 in scholarships in USA Rice’s annual National Rice Month Scholarship Contest. Applicants will create a 3-minute original video on a rice-related topic, including rice production, healthy eating or sustainability. The grand-prize winner will receive a $4,000 scholarship and a trip with a chaperone this ... Read More »

Arkansas’ new truth-in-labeling law targets rice imposters

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The Arkansas Legislature recently passed a measure that sets strict definitions for a host of agricultural products, including rice, and requires food companies to accurately label their products. Gov. Asa Hutchison subsequently signed it into law, creating Act 501. The state legislation is an offshoot of efforts by USA Rice federally to have the Food and Drug Administration establish a ... Read More »

2 Horizon Ag varieties rank in top 3 in Nicaraguan cooking test

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Horizon Ag Clearfield rice and Provisia rice varieties – CL163 and PVL01 – ranked among the top three varieties for quality in a recent cooking test that compared samples from a previous shipment of U.S. rice to Brazilian and Nicaraguan varieties. The cooking test was part of a recent USA Rice mission to distribute long-grain rice samples to the two ... Read More »