• Market Access an Uphill Climb in EU

    Oct 21, 2016
    Popular opposition to trade agreements and EU protectionism of “sensitive” agricultural products, including rice, are two factors holding back progress on a massive trade deal between the United States and the European Union called the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or T-TIP. A delegation of USA Rice members and staff traveled here last week to meet with EU officials, private sector agriculture groups, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s office at the U.S. Mission to the EU.
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  • World Market Price Meeting Focuses on Flooding, Foreign Competition

    Oct 20, 2016
    Tuesday, the World Market Price subcommittee held their final meeting of 2016 here where USA Rice Members met with representatives from the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the Economic Research Service (ERS), the Farm Service Agency (FSA), and the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) to discuss a variety of domestic and international issues facing the rice industry.
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  • USA Rice Shares Production Outlook and Consumer Trends at UK Rice Symposium

    Oct 19, 2016
    A delegation of USA Rice members and staff visited here last week to participate in the Biannual Symposium of the UK Rice Association, where more than 100 members of the UK rice trade, including importers, wholesalers, and retailers servicing the mainstream and ethnic markets gathered.
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  • First Delegation of Cuban Farmers Visits Arkansas Rice Country

    Oct 19, 2016
    A group of Cuban farmers hosted by Winrock International traveled to Arkansas rice country this week in the first official visit of Cuban farmers to the United States in more than 50 years.
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  • U.S. Rice Gains Vital Exposure in Korean Foodservice Industry

    Oct 18, 2016
    USA Rice conducted a chef seminar in South Korea with one of the largest food manufacturing and foodservice distribution companies in the country.
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  • Cigars, Rum, and Tractors but Why Not Rice?

    Oct 17, 2016
    The Obama Administration announced a number of new directives that will bolster trade between the United States and Cuba, and while one is particularly welcome, others point to the continued exclusion of rice – a potentially top export to the island if only remaining hurdles can be cleared.
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  • Texas Rice Festival Celebrates Harvest

    Oct 14, 2016
    There was something for everyone who attended the 47th annual Texas Rice Festival here late last month as the four-day event offers a myriad of activities including: educational booths, carnival rides, parades, pageants, craft shows, cooking contests, music performances, local food, and much more.
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  • Fortified U.S.-Grown Rice Promoted at Food Aid Conference

    Oct 13, 2016
    This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) held a joint 2016 International Food Assistance and Food Security Conference where USA Rice heavily promoted advances in fortified rice.
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  • Hope on the Horizon: UAR Projects 25% Growth in Global Rice Trade by 2025

    Oct 12, 2016
    U.S. and global rice prices continue the drop into dangerous territory along with an array of other commodity staples within the global diet. Weak market prices are no stranger to rice farmers or nearly any crop farmer, for that matter. But there’s hope on the horizon. University of Arkansas Distinguished Professor and L.C. Carter Endowed Chair Dr. Eric Wailes made some promising projections during a recent speech at the Arkansas Rice Expo, based on a number of market factors.
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  • WASDE Report Released

    Oct 12, 2016
    The 2016/17 U.S. rice crop is reduced 1.1 million cwt to 236 million on lower yields. The average yield forecast is lowered 37 pounds per acre to 7,532. A reduction in Arkansas is partially offset by increases in California, Mississippi, and Texas.
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