• USA Rice Promotes New Retail Brand in Japan

    Jan 30, 2015
    Last fall, the Nishimoto Trading Company introduced its own brand of U.S. medium grain rice to the Japanese market. Called "Sunshine," the brand is available both online and at Nishimoto stores and also at the Kaldi Coffee Farm grocery store chain.
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  • Latest Iraq Rice Tender All Goes to Thailand

    Jan 30, 2015
    The USA Rice Federation has learned that despite mounting pressure from the United States, the latest Iraqi rice tender, 80,000 metric tons, has been completely awarded to Thailand.
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  • Deadline Approaches for Farm Bill Sign Ups

    Jan 29, 2015
    The 2014 Farm Bill program sign up is well underway across the country, and with deadlines fast approaching, the USA Rice Federation wants to remind producers and landowners of the timeline they face.
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  • Jimmy Hoppe Selected for 2015 LA Agriculture Hall of Distinction

    Jan 29, 2015
    Louisiana Farm Bureau Agri-News Network announced the 2015 inductees to the Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction today, including Jimmy Hoppe, a rice farmer from Iowa, Louisiana. The Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction honors those who have made extraordinary contributions to the state's agriculture community and Jimmy Hoppe definitely fits the bill.
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  • Ag Interests Frustrated by West Coast Port Slowdowns

    Jan 28, 2015
    he USA Rice Federation, along with more than 90 groups representing food, agriculture, and trade, released an open letter expressing "deep disappointment" that unresolved contract negotiations between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union are causing shipping slowdowns at West Coast ports. The letter asks that the two parties "resolve their differences as quickly as possible" and also urges "the federal government to consider all available remedies to bring this dispute to a rapid end."
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  • Missouri's Smith Questions USTR Froman on Rice Trade

    Jan 28, 2015
    Congressman Jason Smith (R-MO), for whom rice is an important issue, took the opportunity to ask a pointed rice question of U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, who was testifying before the House Ways and Means Committee yesterday on expanding export markets for American-made goods and services, trade agreements currently under negotiation, and Trade Promotion Authority.
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  • USA Rice Inspires Young Minds to 'Think Rice'

    Jan 27, 2015
    This week, teachers at more than 2,800 elementary schools in rice producing counties across the six states will receive the new Think Rice educational lesson plan. Developed with the award-winning curriculum experts at Young Minds Inspired (YMI), this education kit is all about U.S.-grown rice and meets national standards for 3rd - 6th grade students in social studies, science, and nutrition.
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  • California Rice Commission, Rice Farmers Hold Annual Grower Meetings

    Jan 26, 2015
    More than 200 growers attended the California Rice Commission's (CRC) annual grower meetings last week. USA Rice Federation Vice President of Government Affairs Ben Mosely attended the meetings and met with growers and industry representatives from around the region to discuss California specific initiatives and issues.
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  • USA Rice Provides Updates for Texas Producers

    Jan 23, 2015
    Texas A&M AgriLife Extension hosted the annual Western Rice Belt Production Conference here on Wednesday. The USA Rice Federation is a sponsor of the conference and this year USA Rice staff Amy Doane, Director, Membership & Marketing, and Evan Spencer, Manager, Economic and Policy Analysis, attended informational sessions and spoke to producers about current issues affecting the U.S. rice industry.
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  • USA Rice Promotes Cochran Bipartisan Letter on Iraqis Rice Purchases

    Jan 23, 2015
    This week, the USA Rice Federation encouraged Members of Congress to sign on to a letter written by Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran to Secretary of State John Kerry asking him to help America's rice farmers improve existing trade relations with the Iraqi Grain Board (IGB).
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