• WASDE Report Released

    May 10, 2017
    U.S. 2017/18 all rice production is forecast at 201 million cwt, down 23.1 million from the previous year, all on a large reduction in long grain acreage as indicated by the NASS Prospective Plantings survey issued March 31. The forecast 2017/18 yields are based on long-term historical trends and are higher for long grain but slightly lower for combined medium- and short-grain. Total 2017/18 rice supplies are forecast to decrease 7 percent from the previous year to 273.1 million cwt, primarily on the reduction in long grain.
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  • USA Rice Kicks-off Instagram Campaign for Celiac Awareness Month

    May 10, 2017
    With the explosion of visual storytelling on social media, Instagram is taking the lead as a favorite photo- and video-sharing social network among U.S. consumers. During May, Celiac Awareness Month, USA Rice is teaming up with 14 Instagram influencers to raise awareness of U.S.-grown rice as the go-to grain for gluten-free diets.
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  • Food Aid Funding Fight in Future

    May 09, 2017
    The recently passed Fiscal Year 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill included $2 billion for food aid programs that the U.S. rice industry supports, but signals from the Trump Administration indicate American humanitarian efforts may not exist in the future.
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  • Ag Secretary Perdue Gets First-Hand Look at Arkansas Flood Damage

    May 08, 2017
    Newly appointed U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, and members of the Arkansas Congressional Delegation, including Senator John Boozman and Congressmen French Hill, Steve Womack, and Rick Crawford toured the devastation around northeast Arkansas from the air yesterday.
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  • USA Rice’s Whole Grain Announces 2017 Advertising Specials

    May 05, 2017
    USA Rice’s award-winning newspaper, Whole Grain, has just released special advertising rates for the remaining 2017 issues. Advertisers who purchase a half page or larger ad for the Summer Issue, will receive 50 percent off to place the ad in the Fall Issue.
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  • Louisiana Weather Update

    May 05, 2017
    Wet weather is the theme in the midsouth this week and Louisiana is no exception. The northern part of the state dodged the bullet this time, but a lot of rice, and other crops - soybeans and crawfish - have been impacted in central and south Louisiana. The hardest hit areas seem to be in Avoyelles, Evangeline, and St. Landry parishes. However, the excess water there will move south so it is too early to determine what the extent of damage will be in any given area.
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  • Changes to School Lunch Program Present Opportunity for Rice

    May 04, 2017
    This week, new Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue signed a proclamation to give America’s schools more flexibility to make food choices that are both healthful and appealing to students. The rice industry, already a major player in school lunch nutrition programs, can benefit thanks to high nutritional and taste standards.
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  • Missouri Weather Update

    May 04, 2017
    Missouri rice country has not been spared by the storm system ravaging the mid-south. In the past week, this area of the state has received between 6 and 10 inches of rainfall on top of already saturated soil conditions. Floodways and ditches are at capacity or over, and a fair amount of water coming south from the Ozarks has also helped overwhelm the lake and tributary capacities.
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  • Arkansas Weather Update

    May 03, 2017
    Jarrod Hardke, an Extension rice agronomist with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, reports on flood conditions, the viability of submerged rice, and next steps for replanting and the provisos of crop insurance.
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  • Delta Research Center – Problem Solving for More Than One Hundred Years

    May 03, 2017
    The Delta Research and Extension Center (DREC), located here in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, is a component of Mississippi State University’s Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine focusing the majority of its attention on research and extension activities in rice, cotton, corn, soybeans, and catfish production.
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