• U.S. Paddy Allowed Unhindered Access into Colombia

    Jun 22, 2017
    On June 6, 2017, the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) published “Official Resolution #6705 of 2017” which removed a previous resolution that restricted imported U.S. paddy rice to the port of Barranquilla. The previous resolution also implemented phytosanitary measures for the transportation of U.S. paddy rice and for the management of residues (such as husks) after being milled in Colombia. These mitigation procedures and restrictions to one port in Colombia are now null and void.
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  • End in Sight for Colombia’s Restrictions on U.S. Paddy

    Apr 13, 2017
    It’s been a long journey with too many delays, but the government of Colombia looks close to removing longstanding import restrictions on U.S. paddy. Colombian plant health officials have acknowledged to their U.S. counterparts that the fungal disease Tilletia Horrida is present in Colombia. The presence of this disease in U.S. rice country has been used as an excuse by Colombia to restrict imports of U.S. rough rice to only the port of Barranquilla and processing in surrounding mills, and to require fumigation of the cargo before shipment.
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  • A Week in Washington with Colombia Film Crew includes U.S. Rice

    Nov 30, 2016
    A production crew with SaborUSA, a marketing campaign in Colombia that promotes U.S. food and beverages and American culture, spent a week traveling around the Washington, DC, area this fall filming segments for their popular TV cooking show “I ♥ SaborUSA.”
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  • 2017 Tender Schedule for Colombia Announced

    Aug 15, 2016
    Earlier this month the COL-RICE board adopted a schedule for open tenders for 2017 in connection with U.S. rice exports to Colombia.
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  • Chef Competitions Bring the Heat in Colombia

    Jul 20, 2016
    Last week, more than 130 Colombian chefs participated in the second annual Cocina Viva professional chef competitions here hosted by USA Rice, the USA Poultry and Egg Export Council, and the Kansas Soybean Commission.
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  • Arkansas Hosts Colombia’s Fedearroz Delegation

    Jun 23, 2016
    Representatives of Fedearroz, the rice producers’ association of Colombia, continued their U.S. visit yesterday with a visit to the rice farm of USA Rice Chairman Dow Brantley here.
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  • USA Rice Trade Mission to Colombia: Part One

    Jun 10, 2016
    USA Rice is leading a trade mission to Colombia, the third largest market for U.S. rice.
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  • Colombia to Import 200,000 New Metric Tons of Rice…But From Where?

    Jan 05, 2016
    Nearly one-third of Colombia’s provinces are in a state of emergency due to extreme drought caused by El Niño, prompting the Colombian government to allow additional rice imports to maintain adequate inventory.
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  • USA Rice Briefs Grand Prairie Region Rice Farmers on Export Opportunities and Challenges

    Aug 07, 2015
    This week USA Rice’s Marvin Lehrer was the principal speaker at the annual RiceTec appreciation dinner held here at the Grand Prairie Center. Nearly ninety local rice farmers attended the event to hear about the opportunities and challenges in moving rice to the key nearby markets of Mexico, Cuba, Central America, and Colombia.
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  • USA Rice Co-Sponsors Cooking Seminars in Colombia

    Jun 29, 2015
    USA Rice recently hosted a seminar here, conducted by Executive Chef Bernardo Gomez Cortazar, focusing on the high quality and benefits of utilizing U.S. rice dishes and poultry products in food service.
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