• New Yield Data Available

    Dec 23, 2014
    WASHINGTON, DC -- Yesterday, Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini announced that Risk Management Agency (RMA) certified yield data has been made available for producers at FSA county offices. Producers are encouraged to contact their local FSA offices to see what data they have on file from RMA.
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  • GBI Program in Ghana Concludes with Cooking Competition

    Dec 22, 2014
    ACCRA, GHANA -- The USA Rice Federation conducted a cook-off competition with the USA Poultry and Egg Export Council, and the American Peanut Council last week. The competition attracted more than 300 foodservice caterers, the media, and a host of high profile dignitaries including the Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy-Accra, Ms. C. Pat Alsup and the Deputy Minister for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Hon. Dzifa Gomashie, who lauded the U.S. food groups for the initiative, and said it helped sharpen the skills of traditional caterers who are an important part of the hospitality industry.
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  • Rice and Ducks Media Camp

    Dec 22, 2014
    GILLETT, AR -- The USA Rice Federation, Arkansas Rice Federation, Ducks Unlimited (DU), and Yamaha teamed up to put together a media camp focused on the relationship between working rice lands and wintering waterfowl last week. Writers from Inter-media Outdoors, Agri-Pulse, American Hunter Magazine, Delta Farm Press, ATV Rider, and the Outdoor Channel enjoyed two morning hunts in rice fields near Stuttgart, Arkansas. They were hosted at Buckshot Lodge and guided on their hunts by area rice growers.
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  • Chef Erkan Bektas Wins USA Rice Cooking Competition in Istanbul

    Dec 19, 2014
    ISTANBUL, TURKEY -- Chef Erkan Bektas of the Marriott Hotel in Istanbul was named the winner of the USA Rice Federation's wild rice recipe competition. Five competitors from around the country entered more than 80 recipes in the wild rice mix category.
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  • Yunnan Province Department of Agriculture Visits USA Rice

    Dec 18, 2014
    ARLINGTON, VA -- A team of policy and program directors from the China Yunnan Province Department of Agriculture met with USA Rice Federation staff on Tuesday to get a better sense of the U.S. industry. Of particular interest to the Chinese team was U.S. rice production and the safety net for farmers provided in whole or in part by the U.S. government.
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  • Tax Extender Bill Impacts Farming Communities

    Dec 18, 2014
    WASHINGTON, DC -- On Tuesday, the Senate passed H.R. 5771, the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014. The $42 billion tax package applies tax breaks to the 2014 tax year, retroactively and until December 31, 2014. Included in the legislation was an extension for Section 179, which according to Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) is "one of the most important provisions in the act" and provides a "depreciation and expensing provision for small businesses," including farms. Section 179, which has been reinstated to the original limit of $500,000, allows small business owners to immediately depreciate 100 percent of a capital purchase, avoiding the hassle of depreciation over time and simultaneously lowering taxable income.
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  • Obama Calls for New Cuba Policy: U.S. Rice Industry Gains are Possible

    Dec 17, 2014
    WASHINGTON, DC -- President Obama announced today that he is updating the U.S. Cuba policy, including reestablishing diplomatic relations between the countries after more than 50 years, and promoting travel and commercial opportunities between the two countries.
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  • University of Arkansas Research Team Receives Excellence Award

    Dec 16, 2014
    FAYETTEVILLE, AR -- In recognition of the importance of their work for the long-term economic and environmental sustainability of the rice industry, a team of scientists at the University of Arkansas has been selected to receive the school's Division of Agriculture John White Team Award.
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  • Troublesome WOTUS Rule Struck Down in Omnibus Appropriations Bill

    Dec 15, 2014
    WASHINGTON, DC -- The $1.1 trillion fiscal 2015 spending bill that funds most of the federal government for the remainder of FY 2015 passed the Senate over the weekend. The bill includes a series of policy riders important to agriculture.
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  • In Memory: Debbie Warshaw

    Dec 15, 2014
    USA Rice extends deepest condolences to the family and friends of Deborah Marie Warshaw, 55, of Lake Charles, Louisiana, who passed away on December 12. Throughout her three-year battle with cancer, Debbie inspired many with her faith, strength, and courage. Survivors include her husband, James (Jamie) Warshaw, CEO of Farmers Rice Milling Company and a past chairman of the USA Rice Millers' Association and the USA Rice Federation, three children and one grandchild.
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