• Mexico’s 2016 Rice Chef of the Year Moves Rice to the Center of the Plate

    Nov 03, 2016
    Last month, USA Rice hosted the 16th annual “Rice Chef of the Year” cooking competition held at the Escuela Superior de Turismo of the Instituto Politécnico Nacional (Superior School of Tourism of the Polytechnic Institution; E.S.T.). Twenty professional chefs representing restaurants across Mexico City and instructors from various culinary institutions cooked diverse and delicious rice dishes.
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  • Taiwan Team Completes California Visit; Next Stop, Arkansas

    Nov 03, 2016
    Officials in charge of rice purchasing from Taiwan's Agriculture and Food Agency plus the chairman and vice chairman of Taiwan's Rice Millers' Association were in California rice country earlier this week and will be in Arkansas today and tomorrow as they complete a week-long visit to the United States.
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  • Senate Appropriations Staff Prioritize Rice Abroad

    Nov 02, 2016
    While Members of Congress have spent much of the last three months in their home states in advance of the fall elections, their staff have held down the fort on the agricultural front in Washington and, in some cases, abroad. Several Senate Appropriations Committee staff members recently took rice-centric trips to Africa and Cuba representing the Committee and its chairman, Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS).
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  • PLC Payment Rates for 2015 Rice Crop Announced

    Nov 01, 2016
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) has published the 2015/2016 Market Year Average (MYA) price for long grain and Southern medium/short grain rice varieties.
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  • Return of the Rice Queen

    Oct 31, 2016
    USA Rice is pleased to welcome Lydia Holmes back to USA Rice as the new Regulatory Affairs Manager. Lydia originally worked for the Government Affairs team at USA Rice while studying for her master’s degree in Public Administration at George Washington University (GWU).
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  • The Rice Market Anomaly That Is China

    Oct 28, 2016
    According to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), global rice production declined by 6.65 million tons in 2015/16, which USDA reports led to reduced consumption of rice in animal feeds and to some extent in food, particularly in India and Thailand. That situation was reversed in the latest USDA forecast with production forecasted to rebound by 11.17 million tons in 2016/17 to a new record of 482.26 million tons. Ending stocks are forecasted to rise 5.1 million tons to 120.7 million tons or a little more than 25 percent of consumption.
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  • USA Rice Celebrates World Food Day in Mexico

    Oct 27, 2016
    Earlier this month, USA Rice sponsored an event here to commemorate Dia Mundial de la Alimentación (World Food Day), a day of action against hunger where people around the world come together to declare their commitment to eradicate hunger.
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  • Chef de Riz Named at International Rice Festival

    Oct 26, 2016
    Despite the major flooding that inundated much of rice country in August and threatened cancellation of this year’s Rice and Creole Cookery, the contest proceeded as scheduled last Friday and was a huge success. One hundred and forty-nine dishes were entered in the cook-off held at the 80th Annual International Rice Festival. Joshia Dietz of Lafayette claimed the title of Chef de Riz (Cooker of Rice).
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  • Ad Campaign Underway in Saudi Arabia: Making Life in the Kitchen Easier

    Oct 26, 2016
    USA Rice initiated a month long advertising campaign here that will reach 80 percent of the population in this, Saudi Arabia’s second largest city and an important commercial hub and the principal gateway to the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina.
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  • The Survey Says: Health Professionals Provide Insight into Rice

    Oct 25, 2016
    Last week, at the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE), USA Rice surveyed 230 health professionals to gain insight on rice attitudes and usage. The good news is that health professionals are huge proponents of rice. In fact, 98 percent of those in a position to make dietary recommendations, said they encourage their patients to include rice and rice products in their diet. But their responses also shed light on education gaps and growth opportunities for the rice industry.
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