• International Rice Leadership Class – Lessons from Great Britain & Spain

    Nov 21, 2016
    Earlier this month, the 2016 International Rice Leadership Class traveled to Europe to get an overview of the market for U.S. rice in the UK and to learn about the Spanish rice market. The class met with a diverse group of industry representatives including importers, exporters, and millers, and U.S. government officials working in London and Madrid.
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  • Sustainable Agriculture Summit Serves Up Challenges and Opportunities

    Nov 18, 2016
    The annual Sustainable Agriculture Summit held here this week, in combination with Field to Market’s fall meetings brought together more than 500 attendees from across the U.S. agricultural supply chain. Participants ranged from farmers, to input manufacturers and suppliers, to processors and retailers. The livestock, row crop, and specialty crop sectors were all represented among the Summit’s various panels and breakout sessions where talk of partnerships, success stories, innovations, and new research studies contributed to the excitement that ran throughout the conference.
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  • Overseas Promotion Funding Announced for 2017

    Nov 17, 2016
    On Wednesday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) is awarding USA Rice nearly $2.5 million in MAP funds and over $1.6 in FMD funds.
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  • Conservation and Sustainability - Beyond the Buzz

    Nov 16, 2016
    Marketers and trend watchers constantly tell us that today's customers are demanding more information about what they are eating and also how their food is being produced, and they use buzzwords like conservation and sustainability to push this agenda. At next month's USA Rice Outlook Conference in Memphis, attendees will be able to take a deep dive into this conversation with a two-part panel that will examine both practical, on-farm conservation practices and in-market sustainability trends. No matter where in the rice supply chain attendees are, they will not want to miss this valuable session that immediately follows the Annual Rice Awards Luncheon.
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  • FAS Predicts Continued Drop in Per Capita Consumption of Table Rice; Stagnant Use in Animal Feed

    Nov 15, 2016
    In its latest report, the Foreign Agricultural Service post in Tokyo reports that with continued decline in Japanese table rice consumption, the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) began subsidizing farmers to shift production from table rice to other crops. For those farmers who have not reduced rice production, MAFF has had some success in encouraging increased production of rice for animal feed and use of paddy rice as silage.
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  • NRCS Hits ‘Go’ On Revamped Conservation Stewardship Program

    Nov 14, 2016
    The USDA’s largest conservation program, the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) has been “under construction” since the 2014 Farm Bill was signed into law nearly three years ago until the new version was released earlier today.
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  • New Wholesale and Retail Partners in Japan Commit to Sales of U.S. Rice

    Nov 10, 2016
    Mitsuwa Corporation, a wholesaler located in the mega-populous Kanto region of Japan (greater Tokyo/Yokohama), will soon begin marketing U.S. Calrose rice at retail outlets. The retail bags feature the U.S. Rice logo used in Japan to promote Calrose rice.
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  • HUGE - Special to the USA Rice Daily by Jeff Harrison

    Nov 09, 2016
    When the dust began to settle last night, ahem, this morning, it was Trump whose electoral college votes soared to near the 300 mark. Moreover, the Democrats managed to defeat just one Republican senator (Illinois) while hanging onto what many believed was the only Democratic-held seat in real contention (Nevada).
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  • WASDE Report Released

    Nov 09, 2016
    The 2016/17 U.S. rice crop is reduced 1.2 million cwt to 234.8 million on lower yields. Ending stocks are lowered by the same amount. The average yield forecast is reduced 39 pounds per acre to 7,493. Arkansas and Missouri were the only states to have reductions.
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  • Taiwan Group Caps Week in U.S. with Cross-State Visit to Arkansas

    Nov 08, 2016
    As previously reported in the USA Rice Daily, a team from the Taiwan government and the Taiwan Rice Millers’ Association traveled to U.S. rice country last week in preparation for upcoming rice import tenders. Following a stop in the Sacramento, California area, the delegation was in Arkansas on Thursday and Friday for visits in Jonesboro with Poinsett Rice & Grain and Windmill Rice followed by visits to the Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS) Field Office in Stuttgart as well as Riceland Foods, Inc., Producers’ Rice Mill, and the Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center.
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