• U.S. Rice Deliveries to Mexico Surge in 2017 – Both Paddy and Milled Rice Show Significant Gains

    Mar 24, 2017
    According to official Mexican government data, total U.S. rice deliveries (non-converted) to Mexico were up a staggering 31.4 percent in the first two-months of 2017 compared with the same period the previous year. That’s 148,016 MT, and of significant note, milled rice exports nearly tripled – to 22,478 metric tons, nearly half of total milled exports in all of 2016.
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  • USA Rice Engaged in Productive Trade Conversation with Trump Administration

    Mar 17, 2017
    USA Rice and other farm groups met on Wednesday at the White House with Trump Administration officials that make up the National Economic Council to discuss the importance of continued growth of agriculture exports and trade policy concerns.
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  • Lighthizer Survives Confirmation Hearing, Reiterates Importance of Agriculture for U.S. Trade

    Mar 15, 2017
    Yesterday, the Senate Committee on Finance held the confirmation hearing for Robert Lighthizer, President Trump’s nominee to the position of U.S. Trade Representative.
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  • Mexico Opens Rice Market to All Origins at Zero Duty

    Mar 02, 2017
    Yesterday, the Government of Mexico (GOM) officially announced permits of up to 150,000 MT of rice (all types) originating from non-free trade agreement countries, opening the door for Vietnamese milled rice to enter Mexico duty free. The permits will be issued to Mexican companies and be valid through December 31, 2017.
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  • Colombia to Remove Import Restrictions on U.S. Rough Rice

    Mar 01, 2017
    The Colombian government informed the United States in early February that it has begun the process of removing existing restrictions on the import of U.S. paddy rice. USA Rice was informed of this positive news by USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) recently.
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  • 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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