• Trump Trade Team Locked and Loaded with Lighthizer

    by Michael Klein | May 12, 2017
    He knows Mexico is #1 for rice
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    President Trump’s trade team was rounded out yesterday when the man at the top, Robert Lighthizer, was finally confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become the U.S. Trade Representative.

    Ambassador Lighthizer hits the ground running with a long list of To-Do items, perhaps most notably overseeing the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a process that could get underway as early as next week with a formal notification to Congress of his intent to reopen the sprawling deal.

    Lighthizer’s views on free trade and agriculture that emerged during his confirmation process did much to reassure the ag sector, upset by what many perceived as reckless rhetoric on trade coming out of the White House.

    When asked if the needs of farmers and ranchers could be protected during any tinkering with  NAFTA, Lighthizer responded: “I do believe it can be done. I’m not suggesting that it will be easy, but I do believe it can be done.”

    “We welcome Ambassador Lighthizer to his new position and trust that any renegotiation of NAFTA will adhere to the guiding principle of ‘First do no harm,’” said Betsy Ward, President and CEO of USA Rice.  “Mexico remains our top export market and Canada our fourth.  That is because of NAFTA, not in spite of it.”

    Other issues awaiting Lighthizer include a 100 day trade program with China that, at this time, does not look to include U.S. rice, a possible opening up of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement from which rice was excluded in 2007, and a stepped up emphasis on enforcement of existing trade deals and rooting out bad actors as emphasized by President Trump on the campaign trail and since.

  • U.S. Government Takes Twin Actions on Chinese Trade Distorting Policies

    by Michael Klein | Dec 15, 2016
    Ball is in your court, China
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    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Obama Administration announced two separate but complementary agriculture trade enforcement actions at the World Trade Organization (WTO) against policies of China.  The U.S. requested the formation of a dispute settlement panel on the level of China’s domestic supports and challenged the way China administers tariff rate quotas (TRQs).  Both actions relate to wheat, corn and rice.

    Both moves were hailed by USA Rice.

    “Earlier this year, the U.S. requested consultations with China at the WTO on the very high levels of China’s domestic support for corn, wheat and rice producers, but the results were unsatisfactory,” explained Betsy Ward, USA Rice CEO and President.  “The next step in the WTO dispute process is requesting a panel to hear the arguments, and we’ve now done that.”

    Ward said it could take as many as two or three months to set up a panel, and that a report from that panel could take another 10 months.

    “We knew from the outset this was a long process, which is why keeping things moving forward is important,” she added.

    The new case the United States launched against China today challenges the way China administers tariff rate quotas (TRQs) for the import of several commodities, including wheat, corn, and rice.  China provides import licenses under the TRQs contrary to several of China’s WTO commitments and in a manner that effectively acts as import restrictions prohibiting the fulfillment of these TRQs.

    “While the United States cannot yet ship under China’s large rice TRQ, this case will be precedent-setting,” Ward said.  “We support efforts to have China administer these TRQs in a transparent manner that allows trade to occur, looking ahead to the day when the U.S.-China rice phytosanitary protocol is finally signed and we are shipping rice to this important market.”

    USA Rice is also pressing the administration to broaden enforcement action against other WTO members, like India and Thailand, whose domestic support levels for rice are inconsistent with WTO rules and have resulted in large increases in production, stocks, and exports that harm U.S. rice producers and exporters.

  • The Rice Market Anomaly That Is China

    by Deborah Willenborg | Oct 28, 2016
    Could this be the reason?
    Rice-Market-Anomaly-That-Is-China,-potato stall
    ARLINGTON, VA -- According to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), global rice production declined by 6.65 million tons in 2015/16, which USDA reports led to reduced consumption of rice in animal feeds and to some extent in food, particularly in India and Thailand.  That situation was reversed in the latest USDA forecast with production forecasted to rebound by 11.17 million tons in 2016/17 to a new record of 482.26 million tons.  Ending stocks are forecasted to rise 5.1 million tons to 120.7 million tons or a little more than 25 percent of consumption.

    That is the global situation, now let’s focus on the anomaly that is China’s rice market.  Production is forecasted to rise one percent to 146.5 million tons while consumption remains flat at 144 million tons.  Add imports to the equation and ending stocks are set to rise by 7.2 million tons to 71 million tons or the equivalent of 60 percent of global ending stocks.  In other words supplies in the market, not counting carry-in stocks, will exceed consumption by 7.2 million tons, or nearly the size of the 2016 U.S rice crop.

    You need look no further than the recently announced U.S. challenge to rice production subsidy policy in China to understand how this anomaly has arisen.  The domestic price guaranteed to the farmer set by the government is significantly higher than the price of rice in nearby countries with exportable supplies of rice.  As a result, China has become by a wide margin the largest importer of rice in the world, even though self-sufficient in rice production.  In fact, in previous years the “official” import numbers have understated imports by probably a million tons or more that crossed the border from Vietnam unaccounted for and paying no import duty.

    Can this trend continue?  Simply put it cannot.  China has essentially capped imports at 5.3 million tons, the level agreed to when China joined the World Trade Organization.  This Tariff Rate Quota allows this level of imports at a tariff of one percent and a 13 percent value added tax (VAT).  Continually growing stocks is not sustainable.  Either of three things must happen to alleviate the oversupply situation:  1) the production subsidies will be reduced to lower the incentive for local production; 2) imports will decline; or, 3) rice will be used for industrial processes such as animal feed (which is a policy adopted by Japan), ethanol, or other industrial use.

    USA Rice continues to monitor progress toward market access, but at the same time is preparing ground for entering the market by identifying and building relationships with major rice importers through trade servicing activities.  USA Rice is also building interest in U.S. rice in China by participating in food shows demonstrating the variety of rice types available from the U.S.

    USA Rice is planning trade seminars in China to coincide with when market access is gained, and is also planning to bring major importers to the U.S. for them to get a better understanding of the U.S. rice industry to build confidence in the U.S. as a reliable trading partner with high quality rice to sell.


  • U.S. Government Taking China to Task on Trade Distorting Policies

    by Colleen Klem | Sep 13, 2016
    U.S. government and high-ranking congressional leaders join forces at today's announcement
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    WASHINGTON, DC - USA Rice President and CEO Betsy Ward attended a press conference here today where the Obama Administration announced plans to launch a trade enforcement action against China at the World Trade Organization (WTO) challenging trade-distorting domestic supports for three key crops: corn, wheat, and rice.

    In announcing the complaint, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman highlighted that in 2015 China's "market price support" for these products was estimated to be nearly $100 billion in excess of the levels China committed to when it joined the WTO.

    "We will aggressively pursue this challenge on behalf of American farmers and hold the Chinese government accountable to the standards of fair global trade," said Ambassador Froman.

    Ward said this latest action is just the first step in what could be a year-and-half long endeavor, but that the news is welcome for the signals it sends.

    "We compete with China in some important regional markets, and there's no question that an economy as large as China's can have major trade-distorting impacts in the global agricultural sector," said Ward.  "Despite years of work by USA Rice and USDA to open the Chinese market, we still have no access for U.S. grown rice.  This enforcement action also sends a clear signal to other countries with whom we compete and who are not living up to their WTO obligations with regard to rice, such as Viet Nam, Thailand, and India."

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    Ward and USTR Ambassador Darci Vetter

    "USA Rice has asked our government for years to challenge countries who don't play by the rules, and we've provided them concrete evidence of harm being done by these countries to America's rice industry," she said. "It's gratifying to finally see some action."

    Ward pointed to a 2016 Texas A&M study that showed if rice subsidies were removed in China and other advanced developing counties, production in China would drop by as much as four percent and imports would increase nearly four-fold as their prices came more in line with world rice prices.

    "Under those models, U.S. rice exports rose 18 percent and farm gate prices rose nine percent," Ward added. "That's real money."

    There is no indication yet how China will react to the case. USA Rice and USDA have been pressing for years for a phytosanitary deal to open the Chinese market to U.S. rice. "The phytosanitary deal is purely technical in nature and it has been completed on the U.S. side for months. We will continue to work with USDA and believe the agreement can and should be signed despite today's action," Ward said.

    During today's press conference, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack stated, "This case is an important message to all WTO members that they must take their WTO obligations seriously."

    Bipartisan support for the Administration's action demonstrates the importance of enforcing current and future trade deals. "We see this as a first step to bringing offending countries into compliance," said Ward. 

  • U.S. Government Asks USA Rice to Help Prepare for Exports to China

    by Colleen Klem | Dec 04, 2015
    Almost there
    ducks in a row
    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. and China have yet to formally sign the long-in-the-works phytosanitary agreement that will allow Chinese firms to begin importing U.S.-grown rice, but with many thinking that final step is imminent, work continues to get everything else in place.  For years, USA Rice has been participating in appropriate food shows and exhibitions in China, developing relationships with the trade there, and bringing Chinese officials to the U.S. to introduce them to the industry here.  Now the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), the agency handling the negotiations and responsible for the import and export regulatory framework of agriculture products to and from the United States, has asked USA Rice to begin compiling a list of mills and warehouses in the U.S. that are both interested in, and ultimately capable of, exporting rice to China.

    “For sure there’s a lot of interest – China is a large potential market – but interest does not equal ability,” explained Jim Guinn, vice president of international promotion for USA Rice.  “The draft phytosanitary protocol has very stringent requirements and companies will have to put forth significant effort and some expense before they could become eligible to export rice to China.”

    Guinn said the facilities on the list APHIS has requested will go through an inspection by the agency to certify the ability of the prospective exporter to perform and with the Chinese quarantine officials conducting site inspections on a sampling of interested and qualified exporters.
  • U.S. Rice Impresses Chef at Food & Hotel Food Show in China

    by Colleen Klem | Nov 20, 2015
    Talking U.S. rice in China
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    SHANGHAI, CHINA – Last week, USA Rice participated in the Food and Hotel China 2015 international exhibition here.  The U.S. delegation, including John Valpey of American Commodity Company, Kevin McGilton of Riceland Foods, Ken La Grande and Steve Vargas of Sun Valley Rice Company, and Derek Alarcon of Farmers’ Rice Cooperative, met with importers, distributors, and retailers.  Two of the key meetings were with COFCO (China National Cereals, Oils and Foodstuffs Corporation) and Wal-Mart.

    This was USA Rice’s second consecutive year at the show and new for this year was a professional chef’s preparation of five different rice dishes for sampling using five different varieties of U.S. rice each day.  The chef, Richard Ong Kahloo, formerly executive chef at the JC Mandarin Shanghai, and now a food consultant, gave high marks to U.S. varieties he was using. 

    “Calhikari, as steamed rice, keeps a long time without getting soft and is very good at absorbing the sauces from the meat and vegetables in the dish,” Kahloo said.  “I used Calrose in a seafood congee dish and liked that it gets sticky quickly.  And finally, U.S. Jazzman long grain rice is now my favorite rice for cooking stir-fry.  Normally cooked rice for stir-fry should be cooled down after it is cooked, but with Jazzman, it can be used immediately.”

    Participation at food shows has helped introduce U.S. rice to the Chinese rice trade in advance of having a protocol agreement for the commercial importation of rice into the country which has been in the works for years and is expected soon.

     

  • USA Rice Hosts Chinese Delegation

    by Deborah Willenborg | Nov 03, 2015
    Information exchange
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    ARLINGTON, VA -- A twenty-member delegation headed by China’s State Administration of Grain visited USA Rice yesterday for an in-depth discussion of USA Rice’s mission and promotion activities, and the U.S. rice industry.  Representatives from the national government based in Beijing as well as members of provincial and local grain administration groups made up the group.  

    USA Rice COO Bob Cummings and Jim Guinn, vice president of international promotion, provided information on USA Rice’s structure, membership, and collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the international promotion of U.S. rice.

    “Yesterday’s meeting was a useful exchange of information about the rice sectors in both countries and provided a good opportunity to educate the Chinese about the market-driven nature of the U.S. rice industry,” said Cummings.  

    “We made sure the delegation was aware of our industry’s focus on providing China’s consumers with high quality U.S. rice once the market is open to U.S. exports,” concluded Guinn.
  • USA Rice Awarded Funding to Bring Chinese Officials to the U.S.

    by Deborah Willenborg | Sep 23, 2015
    Working out next steps
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    ARLINGTON, VA -- USA Rice was notified today that our Emerging Markets Program (EMP) proposal budgeted at $61,000 to bring Chinese officials to the U.S. has been approved for funding in FY 2015. The purpose of the visit, scheduled to take place soon after a phytosanitary protocol has been reached with the Chinese, is for the officials to survey a number of rice mills interested in exporting rice to China. This market survey is required by the protocol and envisioned as the last step before rice can be legally imported by buyers in China.

    As USA Rice reported last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has said the phytosanitary agreement is still in an administrative review process in China.  

    “We are hopeful that an agreement will be reached soon,” said USA Rice President & CEO Betsy Ward.  “This has not been an easy negotiation for APHIS because many of the Chinese demands are considered less than reasonable since they are not based on plant health issues.  However, China is an important export market and we believe our patience during this process will pay off eventually.”


  • APHIS Sets the Record Straight on China Phytosanitary Deal

    by Deborah Willenborg | Sep 17, 2015
    We will sell no rice before it's time
    APHIS Sets the Record Straight on China Phytosanitary Deal
    ARLINGTON, VA – In a conference call with USA Rice staff yesterday, high ranking officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed that the phytosanitary protocol between the United States and China has not been finalized.

    Over the past week there have been several media reports that the deal had been successfully concluded, including a USRPA press release that the deal would be signed in Washington, DC next week.

    APHIS officials confirmed that these reports are not accurate, and that the protocol is actually now undergoing an interagency administrative, or regulatory, review in China.  

    Earlier this week, USRPA, who had representatives on yesterday’s conference call, reported to members and the media that the signing would now take place in Beijing at the request of the Chinese.  When asked if this was accurate, APHIS officials said, “it’s speculation.”

    The brief call concluded with a commitment from APHIS to continue to stay in close contact with the industry to provide updates, and a commitment from USA Rice to continue its policy of supporting the work of APHIS, and waiting to receive actual confirmation of a finalized agreement.

    USA Rice also continues to remind interested parties that once the protocol is agreed to, there will still be a great deal of work to be done on both sides of the Pacific before shipments of U.S.-grown rice are eligible to be exported to China.

  • Update: U.S./China Phytosanitary Agreement

    by Deborah Willenborg | Sep 14, 2015
    Final pieces in place?
    China U.S Puzzle
    ARLINGTON, VA -- The phytosanitary protocol that promises to pave the way for export trade with China appears to be tracking toward a successful resolution, maybe as soon as next week when China’s President Xi Jinping is scheduled to visit the United States.  However, USDA’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) said this afternoon they are awaiting agreement on the language of the protocol from AQSIQ, their counterpart in China, before the deal can be finalized.  

    USA Rice President & CEO Betsy Ward said, “USA Rice has been at the forefront of this process for a very long time.  And while everyone is anxious to complete this deal, it’s imperative that the operational details are in place that are in the best interest of the U.S. rice industry.  USA Rice will continue to work with APHIS to ensure the right outcome for our industry.”
  • U.S. Rice Industry United in Efforts to Open Chinese Market

    by Colleen Klem | Jul 10, 2015
    Brantley wants a reasonable agreement
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    DALLAS, TEXAS -- At a meeting here yesterday the USA Rice Producers' Group unanimously passed a motion urging the conclusion of negotiations between the United States and China to establish a phytosanitary agreement that would pave the way for U.S. rice to be exported to China.
     
    The group, representing rice farmers in all six rice states covering close to 90 percent of the U.S. rice crop, offered guidance to U.S. negotiators to help them finalize a deal that would be acceptable and manageable to the U.S. industry.
     
    The negotiations, between USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and their Chinese counterparts (AQSIQ), have dragged on for years and hit snags recently when the Chinese made demands the U.S. industry felt were not based on sound science.
     
    "The Chinese are demanding our industry set traps for insects that do not exist in the United States, and that we set a totally unreasonable number of traps per square foot of storage space," said John Owen, a Louisiana rice farmer and chairman of the USA Rice Producers' Group.
     
    The USA Rice Millers' Association, whose members would be responsible for the trapping, agreed with the producers.
     
    "We're not opposed to trapping, but, any agreement needs to meet reasonable standards that are consistent with international trade agreement precedents and be based on quantifiable, scientific data consistent with previous USDA/APHIS procedures," said Chris Crutchfield, a California miller and chairman of the USA Rice Millers' Association.
     
    Chinese negotiators are also demanding very specific package labeling that is both unprecedented and many felt unfeasible.
     
    "The labeling requirements are not appropriate for inclusion in a phytosanitary protocol at all," said Dick Ottis, chairman of the USA Rice Merchants' Association.
     
    The three organizations came together under the industry's national organization, USA Rice, to adopt the joint resolution.
     
    Dow Brantley, an Arkansas rice farmer and chairman of USA Rice, was pleased with the industry's unity and strong statement that both supports, and guides, U.S. negotiators.
     
    "There's no question we'd like to participate in the Chinese market, but these ever-evolving demands being made by the Chinese government were making it ever-less likely we were going to actually gain access to the market," Brantley said.  "We appreciate the efforts of the U.S. negotiators on our behalf, and are happy to provide input as a united industry."
     
    Brantley said the market has great potential for the U.S. industry, and that his group has been working for years to establish trade relationships and line up customers for the day the phytosanitary deal is complete.  However, he says if the final deal is based on unreasonable, unscientific demands that can never be truly satisfied, there's little point to agreeing.
     
    "The notion that you can agree to something with the Chinese government now and fix it later is very naïve," he said.  "Once the ink dries on that deal, the Chinese are going to hold us to it, so it needs to be a deal we all can live with today and that actually allows us to start sending our rice over there."
     
  • Field Day Features USA Rice Presentations

    by Colleen Klem | Jul 02, 2015
     Rice farmer Ray Stoesser (l) in talks with USA Rice's Ben Mosely
    EAGLE LAKE, TX -- USA Rice staff Betsy Ward and Ben Mosely addressed Texas farmers at the dinner and program following the Eagle Lake Rice Field Day this week. 
     
    Ward gave an overview of USA Rice work on behalf of rice farmers and specifically addressed trade issues critical to the rice industry like the TPP negotiations, Iraq, China, and domestic and international promotion initiatives. 
     
    Mosely outlined USA Rice's work with Congress and the U.S. Department of Agriculture on implementation of the farm bill, and plans to submit a pre-proposal next week for a small reservoir here as part of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).  The project will be executed in cooperation with Ducks Unlimited and the Lower Colorado River Authority, among several other partners, as a way to reduce groundwater usage on rice fields and in managed waterfowl habitat.
     
    "Visiting farmers helps us develop our message to Congress and federal agencies," said Ward.  "Rice is a small commodity and our goal is to speak to policymakers and influencers with one voice so that the industry delivers a strong, clear message.  We want to keep fighting above our weight class for farmers in Texas and across the rice states."
     
    Ward and Mosely also answered questions on recent changes to farm policy and trade from members of the Texas Rice Producers' Legislative Group and the Texas Rice Producers' Board and heard from both groups about the important issues on the ground.

  • Phytosanitary Deal with China Still Not Complete

    by Colleen Klem | May 26, 2015
    No U.S. rice past this point....yet
     No U.S. rice past this point...yet
    WASHINGTON, DC - A phytosanitary agreement between the United States and China that would clear the way for U.S.-grown rice to start flowing into China has been in the works for almost a decade, but a final agreement continues to elude negotiators.  

    Earlier this year, after lengthy negotiations on a technical level, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) sent their Chinese counterparts, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), what many thought would be a final - or close to final - agreement. However, AQSIQ sent back a modified agreement that includes provisions not seen in any such agreement entered into between the U.S. and any other country.
     
    APHIS has sent AQSIQ a request for clarification on some of these requirements in the hopes of moving the final agreement along.
     
    "Some think the U.S. should just sign the agreement and work out problems later, but our past experience tells us APHIS is right to get answers from the Chinese now, rather than to try to correct a bad deal after the fact," said Jim Guinn, USA Rice's vice president of international promotion. "This market is big enough and potentially important enough that the agreement needs to be done right the first time around."
     
    Guinn says USA Rice will remain engaged with APHIS as they attempt to open the rice trade between the U.S. and China, continue the regular consultation with rice industry growers and the exporters who will do the business once the market opens, and direct promotion efforts and relationship-building in China for the time when an agreement is finally reached.
     
  • One-on-One with ITC Rice Industry Study

    by Colleen Klem | May 20, 2015
    Rice's new best-seller
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    ARLINGTON, VA -- Yesterday USA Rice hosted a briefing by members of the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) research team that conducted the yearlong study on the factors and policies affecting the global competitiveness of the U.S. rice industry. The study, "Rice: Global Competitiveness of the U.S. Industry," is known as a Section 332 investigation and examined the rice industry in the U.S. and in major producing and exporting countries, such as China, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Uruguay, and Brazil. 
     
    The study looked at the impact on the U.S. rice industry of exports from competitor countries to the U.S. and traditional U.S. markets like Mexico, Haiti, and West Africa and found that although the U.S. rice is high quality and enjoys favorable tariff treatment from markets such as Mexico and Central America, competition is on the rise.
     
    "We used this is an opportunity for our Washington staff to get deeper into the specifics of the study," said USA Rice President & CEO Betsy Ward. "We're grateful the ITC experts were willing to provide their insight and interpretations, share anecdotes, and answer many questions from our staff."
     
  • USA Rice Hails ITC Study of Global Rice Industry

    by User Not Found | May 14, 2015
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    WASHINGTON, DC – One year to the day after the request from the House Ways and Means Committee, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has released its study of factors and policies affecting the global competitiveness of the U.S. rice industry.  The study, “Rice: Global Competitiveness of the U.S. Industry,”  is known as a Section 332 investigation and examined the rice industry in the U.S. and in major producing and exporting countries, such as China, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Uruguay, and Brazil, and found that the world rice market is a confusing, and often unfair place.

    “The global rice market is characterized by significant government intervention in both imports and exports,” the report says.  “[This] has affected trade and price trends in the world rice market more than it has for most other agricultural products.” 

    The study looked at the impact on the U.S. rice industry of exports from competitor countries to the U.S. and traditional U.S. markets like Mexico, Haiti, and West Africa and found that although the U.S. rice is high quality and enjoys favorable tariff treatment from markets such as Mexico and Central America, competition is on the rise.

    The report finds that while tariff and non-tariff barriers have major impacts on trade in rice, support programs also take their toll.

    “Consumption support has the largest effect on the global rice market,” the report finds.  “Had such support not been in place in 2013, global paddy production and rice consumption would have been 6.1 million mt lower.  Another factor shaping rice production in non-U.S. countries is government support for inputs such as seed, fertilizer, and fuel.”

    “The study provides detailed evidence that the U.S. rice industry is playing by the rules, but is at a decided disadvantage from some of our trading partners who do not,” said Betsy Ward, President & CEO of USA Rice.  “The report points out that support for U.S. farmers continues to decline, while in places like China, Thailand, and India, those supports are going in the opposite direction.”

    The yearlong study is the result of a collaboration between USA Rice and Congressman Charles Boustany (R-LA), a Member of the House Ways & Means Committee and the Committee’s Chairman, Congressman Dave Camp (R-MI).
     
    “We appreciate the leadership of Chairman Camp and Congressman Boustany on bringing these important issues to light on behalf of America’s rice farmers,” said Dow Brantley, an Arkansas rice farmer and Chairman of the USA Rice Federation who participated in the ITC study.  “We’ve said all along that we can compete globally and are willing to compete, but if the system is rigged against us, it makes it quite difficult.” 

    The ITC will conduct a detailed briefing of the study with USA Rice next week and Ward says the rice industry will use this study to advocate for change in foreign government policies that negatively impact the industry's competitiveness.

    Contact:  Michael Klein (703) 236-1458

     
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