• USA Rice Identifies Trade Obstacles for USTR

    Nov 04, 2016
    Last week, USA Rice submitted its comments for the 2017 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers (NTE), an annual report issued by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). The USA Rice submission identified the EU’s tariff regime and biotechnology regulation; phytosanitary issues in Colombia and Turkey; domestic price supports in India and Thailand; and various import policies in Korea, Japan, and Taiwan as significant obstacles for the U.S. rice industry.
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  • Voting Opens for FSA County Committee Elections

    Nov 03, 2016
    USDA announced today that beginning next Monday, November 7, eligible U.S. farmers will be mailed ballots for the USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Committee.
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  • Mexico’s 2016 Rice Chef of the Year Moves Rice to the Center of the Plate

    Nov 03, 2016
    Last month, USA Rice hosted the 16th annual “Rice Chef of the Year” cooking competition held at the Escuela Superior de Turismo of the Instituto Politécnico Nacional (Superior School of Tourism of the Polytechnic Institution; E.S.T.). Twenty professional chefs representing restaurants across Mexico City and instructors from various culinary institutions cooked diverse and delicious rice dishes.
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  • Taiwan Team Completes California Visit; Next Stop, Arkansas

    Nov 03, 2016
    Officials in charge of rice purchasing from Taiwan's Agriculture and Food Agency plus the chairman and vice chairman of Taiwan's Rice Millers' Association were in California rice country earlier this week and will be in Arkansas today and tomorrow as they complete a week-long visit to the United States.
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  • Senate Appropriations Staff Prioritize Rice Abroad

    Nov 02, 2016
    While Members of Congress have spent much of the last three months in their home states in advance of the fall elections, their staff have held down the fort on the agricultural front in Washington and, in some cases, abroad. Several Senate Appropriations Committee staff members recently took rice-centric trips to Africa and Cuba representing the Committee and its chairman, Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS).
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  • PLC Payment Rates for 2015 Rice Crop Announced

    Nov 01, 2016
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) has published the 2015/2016 Market Year Average (MYA) price for long grain and Southern medium/short grain rice varieties.
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  • Return of the Rice Queen

    Oct 31, 2016
    USA Rice is pleased to welcome Lydia Holmes back to USA Rice as the new Regulatory Affairs Manager. Lydia originally worked for the Government Affairs team at USA Rice while studying for her master’s degree in Public Administration at George Washington University (GWU).
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  • The Rice Market Anomaly That Is China

    Oct 28, 2016
    According to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), global rice production declined by 6.65 million tons in 2015/16, which USDA reports led to reduced consumption of rice in animal feeds and to some extent in food, particularly in India and Thailand. That situation was reversed in the latest USDA forecast with production forecasted to rebound by 11.17 million tons in 2016/17 to a new record of 482.26 million tons. Ending stocks are forecasted to rise 5.1 million tons to 120.7 million tons or a little more than 25 percent of consumption.
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  • USA Rice Celebrates World Food Day in Mexico

    Oct 27, 2016
    Earlier this month, USA Rice sponsored an event here to commemorate Dia Mundial de la Alimentación (World Food Day), a day of action against hunger where people around the world come together to declare their commitment to eradicate hunger.
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  • Chef de Riz Named at International Rice Festival

    Oct 26, 2016
    Despite the major flooding that inundated much of rice country in August and threatened cancellation of this year’s Rice and Creole Cookery, the contest proceeded as scheduled last Friday and was a huge success. One hundred and forty-nine dishes were entered in the cook-off held at the 80th Annual International Rice Festival. Joshia Dietz of Lafayette claimed the title of Chef de Riz (Cooker of Rice).
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