• Rice Leadership Class Finishes Session One: The Gulf Coast

    Mar 31, 2015
    NEW ORLEANS, LA -- After visiting rice facilities in Texas earlier this week, the 2015/17 Rice Leadership Class concluded the first session of the two-year program last Friday in Louisiana.
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  • SA Rice Wants to Hear from 2014 Outlook Attendees as 2015 Planning Gets Underway

    Mar 26, 2015
    ARLINGTON, VA -- The USA Rice Federation is seeking feedback from participants in the 2014 USA Rice Outlook Conference on their experience at this year's trade show. Members who attended can go here to complete the online survey.
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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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  • USA Rice Participates in COOL Hearing

    Mar 25, 2015
    WASHINGTON, DC -- This morning, the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture held a hearing on meat labeling requirements, in which the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rule took center stage. The World Trade Organization (WTO) will soon issue a ruling on whether the current version of the COOL regulation is consistent with WTO rules.
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  • One Week to Go on Farm Bill Deadlines, Vilsack Not Considering Extension, May Ultimately Be Needed

    Mar 25, 2015
    ARLINGTON, VA -- The various March 31st deadlines for Farm Bill decisions may not be extended again according to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, but that may leave some growers out in the cold.
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  • Grain Industry Provides Comments on 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Report

    Mar 24, 2015
    BETHESDA, MD -- Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) held a public meeting to receive oral comments on the Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which was released last month. The nutritional value of grain foods and important grains terminology were emphasized in a testimony delivered on behalf of the grain industry by Professor Glenn Gaesser, PhD, of Arizona State University.
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  • USDA Proposes It Takes 500 Hours to be "Actively Engaged"

    Mar 24, 2015
    WASHINGTON, DC -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a proposed rule to limit farm payments to non-farmers. The proposed rule limits farm payments to individuals who may be designated as farm managers but are not actively engaged in farm management.
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  • 2015/17 Rice Leadership Class Gets Underway in Texas

    Mar 23, 2015
    HOUSTON, TEXAS -- Members of the 2015/17 Rice Leadership Development Class are attending their first program session this week with visits to rice-producing areas of the Gulf Coast. Session activities include examination of rice production, milling, marketing, and other aspects of the U.S. rice industry.
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  • USA Rice Teams with Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute at Foodex in Japan

    Mar 20, 2015
    MAKUHARI MESSE, JAPAN -- Earlier this month, USA Rice and the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute joined forces to promote products at the American Agricultural Trade Office (ATO) booth at Foodex Japan 2015. This is Japan's largest food show with almost 3,000 exhibitors and an estimated 80,000 visitors this year.
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  • Arkansas Governor Calls for End to U.S. Cuba Embargo

    Mar 19, 2015
    LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Yesterday, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed House Joint Resolution 1006, calling on the U.S. government to lift its trade embargo on Cuba and open the market to American rice and other commodities.
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