• 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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  • USA Rice Outlines Commodity Title Priorities Before House Ag Subcommittee

    Apr 04, 2017
    Blake Gerard, a rice farmer from Cape Girardeau, MO and chairman of the USA Rice Farmers Board of Directors and USA Rice Government Affairs Committee testified before a Subcommittee of the House Agriculture Committee on behalf of the U.S. rice industry.
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  • Farm Bill Opinions a Mixed Bag at Event

    Apr 03, 2017
    While most of Washington’s agriculture organizations and their memberships throughout rural America are optimistic about farm policy, the future of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the outlook of a strong safety net in the 2018 Farm Bill, recent gatherings here indicate that a resistance effort is brewing.
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  • USA Rice’s Ward Sees EPA’s Pruitt as a Partner, Not an Opponent

    Mar 31, 2017
    USA Rice President and CEO Betsy Ward met yesterday with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and thanked him for his back to basics approach to science-based regulation.
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  • 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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