• Perdue, Ag Priorities, and Seersucker Come Together at Delta Council Meeting

    Jun 13, 2017
    Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, the featured guest at the Delta Council Annual Meeting explained that collaborating, eliminating, innovating, and celebrating are his four action words for rebuilding struggling rural communities in the country.
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  • USA Rice to Administration: Do No Harm in NAFTA Modernization

    Jun 12, 2017
    USA Rice reminded the Trump Administration that NAFTA remains a win for U.S. rice and urged negotiators to be mindful of the benefits the agreement has brought and to do no harm as it is modernized.
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  • WASDE Report Released

    Jun 09, 2017
    U.S. 2016/17 rice ending stocks are lowered 2 million cwt this month on increased exports. Milled exports for 2016/17 are raised 4 million cwt on strong demand particularly in the Middle East. However, rough exports for 2016/17 are lowered 2 million cwt on a correction in Census data for shipments to El Salvador; the correction also led to a slight reduction in 2015/16 rough exports.
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  • Congressional Hearing Slams Proposed Food Aid Cuts

    Jun 09, 2017
    Earlier this week the House Committee on Agriculture convened a hearing on the FY2018 budget proposal from President Trump that calls for the elimination of both the Food for Peace and McGovern-Dole Food For Education food assistance programs. The slate of witnesses represented almost every aspect of the food assistance delivery chain from farmer to processor, implementer (humanitarian organizations and Private Voluntary Organizations (PVOs)), and the maritime industry that brings the commodities from U.S. ports to their final destinations.
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  • USA Rice Continues Dialog with Customers in Key Central American Markets

    Jun 08, 2017
    A USA Rice delegation met with leaders of Fecarroz, the Central America Rice Federation, here this week for wide-ranging discussions on the current rice market situation and export opportunities, as well as concerns Fecarroz members wanted to raise with their U.S. counterparts that vary by country.
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  • Ag Leaders Meet with Secretary Perdue on Critical FAS Programs

    Jun 07, 2017
    Twelve members of the U.S. Agricultural Export Development Council (USAEDC) representing a broad cross-section of agricultural groups met yesterday with Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to discuss the future of USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) programs. President Trump's 2018 budget completely eliminates funding for the Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD).
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  • Health Survey Shows Consumer Confusion, But Bright Spots for Rice

    Jun 06, 2017
    According to the International Food Information Council Foundation’s 12th Annual Food and Health Survey, food information overload is having a detrimental effect on decisions Americans make when it comes to diet and health, however, there’s good news for rice in some areas.
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  • Mexico Market Share on the Upswing

    Jun 05, 2017
    U.S. rice exports to Mexico in the first four months of 2017 are up an impressive 23 percent over last year, bringing the U.S. market share to 93 percent, the highest since 2013. According to official Government of Mexico (GOM) sources, total U.S. rice exports to Mexico were 354,000 MT while third country exports were down nearly 60 percent, at 25,000 MT.
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  • U.S. Rice on the Menu in Japan

    Jun 02, 2017
    Interest continues to grow in both foodservice and retail sectors in Japan for U.S. rice due to a number of factors, including versatility and price.
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  • Crawford Keeps Cuba Conversations on Course

    Jun 01, 2017
    Arkansas Congressman Rick Crawford, long a leader advocating for changing course on U.S.-Cuba policy has previously introduced legislation to help normalize trade relations between the countries. Despite his efforts, and the support of the U.S. rice industry, earlier legislation has not advanced. Crawford is now pushing for a compromise solution he struck with Congressman Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) that will keep the discussion about Cuba moving forward.
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