• USA Rice Outlines Commodity Title Priorities Before House Ag Subcommittee

    Apr 04, 2017
    Blake Gerard, a rice farmer from Cape Girardeau, MO and chairman of the USA Rice Farmers Board of Directors and USA Rice Government Affairs Committee testified before a Subcommittee of the House Agriculture Committee on behalf of the U.S. rice industry.
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  • Farm Bill Opinions a Mixed Bag at Event

    Apr 03, 2017
    While most of Washington’s agriculture organizations and their memberships throughout rural America are optimistic about farm policy, the future of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the outlook of a strong safety net in the 2018 Farm Bill, recent gatherings here indicate that a resistance effort is brewing.
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  • One-Day Summit Brings Farm Bill into Focus

    Mar 21, 2017
    The Farm Bill Summit, hosted by Agri-Pulse, at the National Press Club yesterday provided insight on the conversations developing around the next Farm Bill. The summit consisted of several panel discussions on topics ranging from “Conservation: What Works, What Doesn’t in Farm Policy” to “How The Farm Bill Can Help Bring the Next Generation Back to the Farm Through Investments in Infrastructure, Research, and Rural Development.”
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  • Ag Groups Request Additional Resources Ahead of 2018 Farm Bill

    Mar 16, 2017
    USA Rice joined 16 other agriculture groups in a letter to Chairmen and Ranking Members of the Committees on Budget and Appropriations yesterday to express their concerns over budget cuts to the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the need for more resources to help farmers throughout America.
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  • New Conservation Stewardship Program Finalized

    Mar 10, 2016
    Earlier today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) published its final Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) rule in the Federal Register.
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  • USA Rice Government Affairs Conference Kicks Off

    Feb 23, 2016
    The Annual USA Rice Government Affairs Conference got underway here last night following a full day of USA Rice business meetings, a welcome reception, and an event for Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS).
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  • New USDA Proposed Nutrition Rule May Present Opportunity for Rice

    Feb 17, 2016
    Yesterday, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon announced a proposed rule designed to provide Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants increased access to healthy foods by requiring stores that accept SNAP to stock a wider array of food choices.
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  • Northeast Louisianans Gearing Up for 2016 Rice Crop

    Feb 03, 2016
    Yesterday morning the Rayville Civic Center was standing-room only as more than 50 rice growers crowded the hall for the Northeast Louisiana Rice Forum.
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  • Budget Conference Report Reveals No Farm Bill Cuts

    Apr 30, 2015
    WASHINGTON, D.C.-The House and Senate Agriculture Chairmen received welcome, but not entirely unexpected news when they reviewed the 2016 budget conference report. The report stated that neither the House nor the Senate Agriculture Committees are required to trim money from the Farm Bill.
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  • House Agriculture Subcommittee Addresses Actively Engaged, Crop Insurance

    Mar 26, 2015
    WASHINGTON, DC -- The House Agriculture Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management met today to discuss current issues in farm bill implementation. The hearing was well-timed, on the heels of the USA Rice Federation supplying information to the committee about rice priorities and concerns.
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