• WMP Subcommittee Closes Out Government Affairs Conference

    Feb 24, 2017
    USA Rice’s World Market Price Subcommittee met on February 16, marking the unofficial last meeting of the 2017 Government Affairs Conference. “We meet in Washington, DC three times a year, and our February session benefits from several previous days of meetings with congressional and administration officials,” said Subcommittee Chairman Keith Glover of Producers’ Rice Mill in Stuttgart, Arkansas.
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  • Korea Policy to Decrease Rice Plantings and Dispose of Excess Stocks

    Feb 22, 2017
    Due to higher than normal yield for the past few years and the resulting oversupply and price pressure, the Korean government is attempting to reach a balance between rice supply and demand by 2018. The plan entails seeking a gradual reduction in harvested area and promoting expanded rice consumption.
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  • USA Rice Members to State Department: “Keep Pressure on Middle East”

    Feb 15, 2017
    Yesterday, USA Rice members met key Iraq policymakers at the State Department to get an update on the Iraqi rice tendering process under the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the U.S. and Iraq. Members reminded officials of the priority the industry places on Iraq as a future market.
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  • USA Rice and Ag Groups: Don’t Forget About Asia

    Feb 09, 2017
    USA Rice joined scores of farm organizations and agricultural companies earlier this week in a letter to President Trump encouraging the administration to seek deeper economic ties with countries of the Asia Pacific region. The letter follows the withdrawal in January, at the President’s direction, of the United States from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.
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  • Mexico May Move Forward with Viet Nam Trade Deal

    Feb 02, 2017
    According to press reports, the government of Mexico may move forward with bi-lateral trade deals with many of the countries that participated in the now defunct Trans Pacific Partnership, including Viet Nam.
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  • TPP – R.I.P. So, What’s Next?

    Jan 24, 2017
    WASHINGTON, DC -- President Trump yesterday followed through on a key campaign promise and sent a Memorandum to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) instructing the agency to inform the 11 other Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) partners that the United States is withdrawing from the agreement and any TPP-related negotiations. This action effectively stops the agreement as negotiated in 2015 because U.S. enactment is necessary for the agreement to enter into legal force. USA Rice considered the TPP as deficient, and did not adopt a position on the agreement pending assurances on the reported gains for U.S. rice, primarily in Japan.
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  • Talking Up Rice Trade on Capitol Hill

    Jan 20, 2017
    USA Rice joined several commodity groups in visits earlier this week to the Senate Agriculture and Finance Committees to emphasize the importance of the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to the economic health of rice producers and millers, and U.S. agriculture overall.
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  • Trump Administration Watch: Trade Team

    Jan 06, 2017
    President-elect Donald Trump nominated earlier this week Robert Lighthizer as the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). This nomination completes a triumvirate of officials who are seen as key power centers in the new administration’s emerging trade policy.
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  • U.S. Government Takes Twin Actions on Chinese Trade Distorting Policies

    Dec 15, 2016
    The Obama Administration has announced two separate but complementary agriculture trade enforcement actions at the World Trade Organization (WTO) against policies of China. Both actions relate to wheat, corn and rice.
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  • Taiwan Group Caps Week in U.S. with Cross-State Visit to Arkansas

    Nov 08, 2016
    As previously reported in the USA Rice Daily, a team from the Taiwan government and the Taiwan Rice Millers’ Association traveled to U.S. rice country last week in preparation for upcoming rice import tenders. Following a stop in the Sacramento, California area, the delegation was in Arkansas on Thursday and Friday for visits in Jonesboro with Poinsett Rice & Grain and Windmill Rice followed by visits to the Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS) Field Office in Stuttgart as well as Riceland Foods, Inc., Producers’ Rice Mill, and the Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center.
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