• Pruitt Through Committee Following Rule Suspension

    Feb 02, 2017
    Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt's nomination to head the EPA has been advanced out of committee to the full Senate for consideration.
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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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  • SPCC Comes Around Again

    Jul 13, 2016
    EPA’s Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) Rule for Farms is back in the works again. Originally finalized several years ago, Congress used the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) in 2014 to mandate a higher exemption threshold of 6,000 gallons from the original 1,320 gallons
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  • Lawsuit Could Put an End to Treated Seeds

    May 04, 2016
    A disturbing lawsuit brought against the U.S. EPA could forever change the nature of seeds and pesticides and threaten the future of treated seeds.
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  • Federal Rice Grading Standards Up for Review

    Mar 22, 2016
    This week USA Rice submitted comments for the five-year review of United States Standards for Rough Rice, Brown Rice for Processing, and Milled Rice. The standards are maintained by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers, and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) and facilitate the marketing of rice in foreign and domestic trade, and provide a uniform measure of quality by providing a common language to describe commodity attributes for U.S. producers, exporters, and their customers.
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  • Large Turnout at Annual Missouri Rice Conference

    Feb 18, 2016
    More than one hundred rice farmers gathered here yesterday for the 2016 Missouri Rice Conference. This was the first time the conference has been held in Malden and the new location drew a lot of new faces, including many young farmers interested in growing rice.
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  • CME Seeks Rice Industry Response to Rough Rice Futures Contract Survey

    Feb 11, 2016
    The CME Group based here that oversees the trading of the Rough Rice Futures contract has published a short, two-question survey for rice industry members to complete by Monday, February 22.
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  • EPA Update: What’s Best for Pests

    Feb 01, 2016
    Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released their 2014 review of pesticide residue levels on produce, grain, salmon, and infant formula, and found that 99 percent of the samples had residue levels below the EPA limit. A total of 314 rice samples were taken and none contained residues over the legally established tolerance limit. View the full report here.
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  • Financing for Cuba Trade OK’d, Ag Left Out

    Jan 28, 2016
    This week, the Obama administration announced a new Treasury rule that authorizes additional U.S. exports to Cuba and permits the private financing of these exports in an effort to strengthen trade relations not controlled by the Cuban government. In a joint announcement with the Secretary of the Treasury, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker said the changes are designed to “strengthen civil society” in Cuba.
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  • AV-1011, Anthraquinone-Based Bird Repellent, Receives EPA Registration for Rice

    Jan 06, 2016
    This week, in a positive development for the U.S. rice industry, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that some underlying issues with the bird repellent Anthraquinone have been resolved, clearing the way for the agency to issue a two-year Section 3 registration for use on rice.
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