• Congressman Clay Higgins Tours Louisiana Rice Country

    Jun 01, 2017
    Yesterday, USA Rice staff from Louisiana organized a tour of the Louisiana rice industry for Congressman Clay Higgins. Higgins was accompanied by in-state and Washington, DC staff because he felt it was important for him and his staff to learn first-hand about Louisiana rice. In his introductory comments, Higgins said, "I'm interested in serving Louisiana and what I don't know, I'm willing to learn."
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  • Help Us Honor Rice Industry Leaders

    May 31, 2017
    Would you like to recognize someone who has devoted his or her life to bettering the rice industry? You can do so through the 2017 Rice Awards program, sponsored by Rice Farming magazine along with Horizon Ag and USA Rice.
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  • Ramadan Kareem

    May 31, 2017
    During the Holy month of Ramadan, Muslims fast during the day. After sundown, they partake in large family feasts that feature rice-heavy traditional Arabic dishes. Rice consumption in the Muslim world always spikes during the observance, which is why USA Rice steps up promotions to increase awareness prior to the start of the holiday. This year, USA Rice partnered with local U.S. rice brands here to spread both the messages and the costs.
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  • Iraq Makes First Purchase of U.S. Rice under the U.S.-Iraq Memorandum of Understanding

    May 30, 2017
    With help from a last minute, full-court press by USA Rice involving Congress, the U.S. Embassy, and high-level State Department and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials, Iraq made its first-ever purchase of U.S. rice under the U.S. – Iraq Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This sale will help U.S. rice exporters gain a foothold in the Iraqi market, and heightens prospects for new sales in the future.
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  • Turkish Retailer Shares the Bill with USA Rice for Promotions

    May 26, 2017
    A major Turkish retailer, Uyum Hypermarket, recently joined forces with USA Rice to promote U.S.-grown rice here with a cost-sharing marketing program. The campaign, that included retail displays at one of their busiest hypermarkets, was conducted in the run up to the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, that this year begins today and ends on June 24.
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  • "Rice Day" Celebrated During Louisiana Legislative Session

    May 25, 2017
    Yesterday, Louisiana rice farmers and millers spent the day here celebrating "Louisiana Rice Day at the Capitol” to highlight the economic importance of the Louisiana rice industry to the state economy, and the environmental and cultural benefits to its citizens.
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  • Conservation Programs Take a Hit in Trump Budget

    May 24, 2017
    President Trump’s $4.1 trillion budget has received a rough reception from the agriculture community since it appears to gut programs important to his core ag-based constituency and leans disproportionately heavily on agriculture to find “savings.” As the onion is further peeled, more draconian cuts to conservation programs are coming to light.
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  • Trump Budget Declares War on Agriculture

    May 23, 2017
    President Trump released his detailed, $4.1 trillion federal budget today, and while every area of the federal government except defense and infrastructure saw cuts, the cuts to agriculture and rural areas are disproportionately severe by anyone’s standards.
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  • Exports to UK at Ten Year All-Time High

    May 22, 2017
    The UK, the largest market for U.S. rice in the EU, has experienced an impressive 207 percent increase in all types of U.S. rice imports during the first 3 months of 2017 (over 10,000 MT valued at $5.4 million). This has been driven by a staggering 5,877 percent increase in parboiled long grain rice imports and a 515 percent increase in long grain imports.
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  • Disaster Aid Available through FSA Program

    May 19, 2017
    New guidance from USDA's RMA on Practical to Replant Provisions available.
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