• USA Rice Members to State Department: “Keep Pressure on Middle East”

    Feb 15, 2017
    Yesterday, USA Rice members met key Iraq policymakers at the State Department to get an update on the Iraqi rice tendering process under the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the U.S. and Iraq. Members reminded officials of the priority the industry places on Iraq as a future market.
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  • 2017 USA Rice Government Affairs Conference Opens with a Bang

    Feb 14, 2017
    The USA Rice Government Affairs Conference opened here with a General Session this morning with encouraging remarks from House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX) and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS).
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  • New Ad Series Encourages Foodservice Audience to 'Rediscover Rice'

    Feb 13, 2017
    This January, USA Rice launched its new foodservice marketing campaign to reach chefs and foodservice professionals as they read up on trends and search for new menu ideas. Both print and digital ads will appear regularly throughout the year in two leading foodservice publications, Restaurant Business and Flavor & the Menu.
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  • Rice Gets Full Coverage at Southwest Ag Issues Summit

    Feb 10, 2017
    Earlier this week, USA Rice participated at the Southwest Ag Issues Summit, hosted by the Southwest Council of Agribusiness and the Texas Ag Forum, where farm policy leaders from across the country with an interest in Texas agriculture came together to discuss the 2014 Farm Bill, the upcoming 2018 Farm Bill, and the ever-changing landscape of Texas and national politics.
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  • USA Rice, CEO Ag Council Ask Trump to Value Ag Appropriately

    Feb 09, 2017
    USA Rice joined 15 other agriculture industry organizations to send a strong letter to President Trump to remind him and his team of both the challenges the sector faces and the value it offers.
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  • USA Rice and Ag Groups: Don’t Forget About Asia

    Feb 09, 2017
    USA Rice joined scores of farm organizations and agricultural companies earlier this week in a letter to President Trump encouraging the administration to seek deeper economic ties with countries of the Asia Pacific region. The letter follows the withdrawal in January, at the President’s direction, of the United States from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.
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  • WASDE Report Released

    Feb 09, 2017
    U.S. 2016/17 rice exports are lowered 2 million cwt to 110 million. Long-grain milled exports account for the entire reduction and reflect the sales and shipment pace to date. U.S. ending stocks are raised by an equal amount and are the highest since 1985/86. The 2016/17 all rice season-average farm price range is raised $0.10 per cwt at the midpoint to $10.50. The long-grain, and the Other States medium- and short-grain season-average prices are both increased.
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  • Japan Foodservice Industry Sold on Calrose

    Feb 08, 2017
    Over the past half year, the Japanese foodservice industry has rediscovered U.S. Calrose rice and initiated steps to evaluate its use in traditional Japanese cuisine. Last fall a sample of Calrose as vinegar-seasoned rice for sushi was tested and found to be readily acceptable for use in sushi sold in supermarkets, convenience stores and in rotating sushi bars, called Kaitenzushi.
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  • The Time to Think Irrigation Strategies is Now

    Feb 07, 2017
    The current drumbeat for rice irrigation is: “take time to measure and evaluate inputs, including water, because the money spent to hold and move that water can decrease significantly with management upgrades.” Irrigation strategy can be measured in droplets and dollars, and because producers have more options than ever before, determining how to water rice is more complicated today than it’s ever been. Fortunately, a lot of information is available to help farmers make that decision.
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  • Food for Thought: U.S. Rice Meets Foodservice Trends on Campus

    Feb 06, 2017
    College students aren’t just hungry for knowledge, they’re also just hungry according to Datassential, a foodservice research firm, that reports College & University (C&U) operators spent $7.2 billion on purchases from distributors and made sales of $17.9 billion in 2016. This upward trend is expected to continue into 2017 and to help U.S. rice capitalize on the potential opportunity in this market, USA Rice is targeting C&U foodservice providers through a new e-newsletter campaign.
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