• GAO Report Confirms USAID Using Cash More Than Commodities; More Flexibility Likely Unnecessary

    Apr 14, 2017
    Earlier this week, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), a nonpartisan agency known as the “supreme auditor” for the federal government, released a report evaluating food aid oversight and implementation.
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  • End in Sight for Colombia’s Restrictions on U.S. Paddy

    Apr 13, 2017
    It’s been a long journey with too many delays, but the government of Colombia looks close to removing longstanding import restrictions on U.S. paddy. Colombian plant health officials have acknowledged to their U.S. counterparts that the fungal disease Tilletia Horrida is present in Colombia. The presence of this disease in U.S. rice country has been used as an excuse by Colombia to restrict imports of U.S. rough rice to only the port of Barranquilla and processing in surrounding mills, and to require fumigation of the cargo before shipment.
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  • USA Rice Attends Codex Food Safety Meeting

    Apr 12, 2017
    Last week, USA Rice staff and Dr. Steve Linscombe, of the Louisiana State University AgCenter, participated in the eleventh session of the Codex Committee on Contaminants in Food (CCCF).
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  • WASDE Report Released

    Apr 11, 2017
    U.S. rice ending stocks for 2016/17 are lowered 3 million cwt on increased exports; at 49.1 million cwt, these would still be the largest all rice ending stocks since 1986/87. The 3-million-cwt export increase is all rough rice, which is record large at 46 million cwt, but split with 2 million for long-grain and 1 million for medium- and short-grain.
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  • New Merchant Member Joins USA Rice

    Apr 11, 2017
    Southern Rice & Cotton, LLC, in Harrisburg, Arkansas, recently joined the USA Rice Merchants' Association.
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  • Falcon Rice Mill Added to National Culinary Heritage Register

    Apr 11, 2017
    The National Food & Beverage Foundation recently added Falcon Rice Mill to its National Culinary Heritage Register.
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  • An Intern Reports: Finding a Seat at the Table

    Apr 10, 2017
    My fondest memories from days on the family farm in southeast Arkansas were sharing conversations with my father and grandfather over breakfast and lunch each day, discussing things such as weather, jobs that needed to be done on the farm that day, commodity prices, and current events. From a young age, I can remember having a keen interest in how the farm operated but also how legislation, regulation, and world events affected my father and grandfather’s day-to-day decisions for the farm.
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  • 2017/19 Rice Leadership Program Tours the Gulf Coast

    Apr 07, 2017
    Last week, the 2017/19 Rice Leadership Development Class attended the first session of the two-year program traditionally held in the Gulf Coast area of Texas and Louisiana, making stops that include examination of rice production practices, milling, and marketing as well as other aspects of the U.S. rice industry.
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  • New Recipe Brochures Inspire Home Chefs to Think Rice

    Apr 06, 2017
    This month, USA Rice added two new recipe brochures to the popular collection of consumer recipe brochures regularly requested by members, extension agents, educators, nutrition professionals, and others for promotional purposes at events such as tradeshows, educational programs, county fairs, and other activities.
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  • Trump Asking for More Information and Enforcement on Trade

    Apr 05, 2017
    President Trump has signed two executive orders dealing with trade issues, both of which are of interest to the U.S. rice industry.
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