• Rice Industry to Congress: “Reject Conservation Programs at All Our Peril”

    Feb 28, 2017
    This morning, the House Committee on Agriculture’s Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee held a hearing to solicit feedback from rural America on conservation policy ahead of constructing the 2018 Farm Bill. USA Rice was invited to provide a witness to testify and Timothy Gertson, Texas rice farmer, graduate of the Rice Leadership Program, and member of the USA Rice Federation and USA Rice Farmers Board of Directors was tapped to represent the industry.
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  • Congressional Staff Awards Recognize Extra Efforts on Behalf of U.S. Rice

    Feb 27, 2017
    At the Government Affairs Conference earlier this month, USA Rice continued its tradition of recognizing Congressional staff that go above and beyond their duties to support the U.S. rice industry. The 2017 recipients of the USA Rice Outstanding Congressional Staff Award are Ted Verrill and Carlisle Clarke.
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  • USA Rice Meetings with the Trump Administration

    Feb 17, 2017
    While much of the action at this week’s USA Rice Government Affairs Conference took place on Capitol Hill, attendees also participated in a dozen meetings with Trump Administration officials around the city to share priorities and hear updates.
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  • USA Rice Stormed the Hill

    Feb 16, 2017
    More than 140 rice farmers, merchants, and millers participated in USA Rice’s annual Government Affairs Conference here this week to share policy positions and priorities with Members of Congress, their staffs, and Trump Administration officials.
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  • What’s Good for Rice is Good for Ducks and It’s All Good to Eat

    Feb 16, 2017
    The annual Ducks Unlimited-USA Rice Congressional Luncheon took place here yesterday, with more than 200 USA Rice Government Affairs Conference attendees and Congressional staff and Members mixing and talking rice and politics.
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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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  • 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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  • Amidst Senate Drama, Trump EPA Designee Remains in Limbo

    Feb 01, 2017
    As decorum breaks down in the Capitol over President Trump's designees and nominees for cabinet, sub-cabinet posts, and now the Supreme Court, his pick for Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, was once again, put on hold.
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  • House Ag Committee Fully Stocked, Adds 11 New Members

    Jan 12, 2017
    In 1820, the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture consisted of seven Members of Congress solely representing the East Coast. Today, the powerful Committee consists of 46 Members with representation spreading across rural America, our cities, and even the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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