• Trump Budget Declares War on Agriculture

    May 23, 2017
    President Trump released his detailed, $4.1 trillion federal budget today, and while every area of the federal government except defense and infrastructure saw cuts, the cuts to agriculture and rural areas are disproportionately severe by anyone’s standards.
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  • Disaster Aid Available through FSA Program

    May 19, 2017
    New guidance from USDA's RMA on Practical to Replant Provisions available.
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  • USDA RMA Promotes Practical to Replant Guidance Document

    May 19, 2017
    New guidance from USDA's RMA on Practical to Replant Provisions available.
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  • Secretary Perdue Talks Trade, Farm Bill, and More with USA Rice

    May 16, 2017
    Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue met with a delegation from USA Rice today in a wide-ranging discussion of industry priorities including trade, flooding in the mid-south, the upcoming Farm Bill, labor shortages in California, food aid, and the importance of rice research programs.
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  • USDA Reorganization Matches Up with Rice Priorities

    May 12, 2017
    Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has announced a reorganization of his agency that shows a clear emphasis on trade, and a philosophical shift on policy priorities at the farm level, both of which are in line with USA Rice initiatives.
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  • WASDE Report Released

    May 10, 2017
    U.S. 2017/18 all rice production is forecast at 201 million cwt, down 23.1 million from the previous year, all on a large reduction in long grain acreage as indicated by the NASS Prospective Plantings survey issued March 31. The forecast 2017/18 yields are based on long-term historical trends and are higher for long grain but slightly lower for combined medium- and short-grain. Total 2017/18 rice supplies are forecast to decrease 7 percent from the previous year to 273.1 million cwt, primarily on the reduction in long grain.
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  • Changes to School Lunch Program Present Opportunity for Rice

    May 04, 2017
    This week, new Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue signed a proclamation to give America’s schools more flexibility to make food choices that are both healthful and appealing to students. The rice industry, already a major player in school lunch nutrition programs, can benefit thanks to high nutritional and taste standards.
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  • 2017 Ag Census a Chance to Count New Farms and Farmers

    Apr 18, 2017
    Conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the Census of Agriculture is designed to be a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches, and those who operate them.
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  • WASDE Report Released

    Apr 11, 2017
    U.S. rice ending stocks for 2016/17 are lowered 3 million cwt on increased exports; at 49.1 million cwt, these would still be the largest all rice ending stocks since 1986/87. The 3-million-cwt export increase is all rough rice, which is record large at 46 million cwt, but split with 2 million for long-grain and 1 million for medium- and short-grain.
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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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