• USA Rice Addresses Annual LAFBF Meeting

    Jun 30, 2015
    The Rice Advisory Committee of the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation (LAFBF) held its annual meeting in conjunction with the 93rd annual LAFBF convention last Saturday. USA Rice's Vice President of Government Affairs Ben Mosely updated attendees on a range of public policy issues, most notably: implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill, trade, and the ongoing efforts of the USA Rice/Ducks Unlimited Stewardship Partnership.
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  • USA Rice Co-Sponsors Cooking Seminars in Colombia

    Jun 29, 2015
    USA Rice recently hosted a seminar here, conducted by Executive Chef Bernardo Gomez Cortazar, focusing on the high quality and benefits of utilizing U.S. rice dishes and poultry products in food service.
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  • Rice Leadership Class Finishes Session II in Arkansas and Mississippi

    Jun 26, 2015
    After leaving the great mid-west area of the country, the 2015/17 Rice Leadership Development Class traveled to Arkansas to study the state's rice farming practices and processing industries. The itinerary included professional development seminars and meetings with executives at Producers Rice Mill and Riceland Foods.
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  • Senate Hearing on Possible COOL Retaliation

    Jun 25, 2015
    WASHINGTON, DC -- This morning, the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee held a hearing entitled "Country of Origin Labeling [COOL] and Trade Retaliation," to explore how the COOL rule effects U.S. producers, businesses, and consumers.
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  • Trade Promotion Authority Bill Lands on Obama's Desk

    Jun 25, 2015
    WASHINGTON, DC -- Yesterday, the U.S. Senate voted to approve a stand-alone version of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) that was approved by the House last week. The heavily Republican-favored bill passed with the help of 13 Democrats and is currently awaiting the President's signature to formally become law.
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  • House Ag Committee Pushes Back on Administration Efforts to Gut Food Aid Programs

    Jun 24, 2015
    WASHINGTON, DC – The House Committee on Agriculture held a hearing today with Phil Karsting, Administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) and Thomas Staal, Acting Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, USAID to review international food aid programs in light of controversial efforts to reform the programs by the Obama Administration and some Members of Congress.
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  • New USA Rice Research Shows Rice Messages Will Resonate with Consumers

    Jun 23, 2015
    New USA Rice consumer research into attitudes towards rice, sustainability, and eating local indicate that rice’s ability to address all of these growing trends position the grain well.
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  • USA Rice Engages Local Help to Navigate Iraq

    Jun 22, 2015
    USA Rice has hired a consultant in Baghdad to represent the interests of the U.S. rice industry before the Ministry of Trade and the Grain Board of Iraq that issues public tenders for the purchase of rice on the international market. USA Rice has been engaged with U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Stuart Jones, the Department of State, and the Foreign Agricultural staff in Washington to make the case for U.S. rice to the Ministry.
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  • Another Chance for TPA

    Jun 19, 2015
    Following what looked to be defeat during a complicated series of votes in Congress one week ago, Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) looks back on track and could be sent to the president’s desk prior to the July 4 Congressional recess. The House passed stand-alone TPA legislation yesterday, and Senate leadership hopes to vote on the measure next week.
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  • Canada Requests Retaliation in COOL Case

    Jun 17, 2015
    Canada today reportedly asked the World Trade Organization (WTO) for permission to retaliate against the United States because of the U.S. country-of-origin labeling regulation (COOL) on certain muscle cuts of meat. Press reports indicate that Canada’s request to impose almost $2.5 billion in additional tariffs on imports from the United States was immediately challenged by the U.S. representative at a meeting of the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body (DSB). This objection moved the dispute to an arbitration panel, which has up to 60 days to decide on the level of retaliation that Canada can apply.
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