• Warshaw Testifies on Importance of In-Kind Contributions in Food Aid Programs

    Sep 30, 2015
    U.S. Rice - the feel good foodEarlier today, the U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture Committee held a public hearing on U.S. International Food Aid Programs. USA Rice Food Aid Subcommittee Chairman Jamie Warshaw testified, along with five other witnesses representing various private volunteer organizations (PVOs) and commodity groups.
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  • Abraham Recognizes Rice in House Floor Speech

    Sep 30, 2015
    U.S. Rice - the feel good foodYesterday, Congressman Ralph Abraham (R-LA), a great friend to the U.S. rice industry and Member of the House Committee on Agriculture, formally recognized National Rice Month during a floor speech here.
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  • Final Worker Protection Standards Rule a Litany of Overreach

    Sep 29, 2015
    U.S. Rice - the feel good foodThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted a pre-publication version of the final Worker Protection Standards (WPS) yesterday and held a multi-agency press conference call to share details. On the call, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy stated that the rule raised the age of non-family members applying agricultural pesticides from 16 to 18; moved training from every five years to annual; expanded training to include items such as how to not take pesticides home from work; required new recordkeeping to be held for two years; and required farms to follow OSHA standards for fit testing of masks and keeping of medical records.
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  • Exports to Peru Continue to Skyrocket

    Sep 28, 2015
    Chef Israel Laura preparing fresh paellaU.S. rice exports to Peru continue to climb, with a dramatic increase of more than 970 percent from 2013 to 2014. Because local production is not sufficient to meet consumption needs, exports have again increased 5 percent (to more than 5,500 MT) in the first seven months of this year compared with the first seven months of 2014.
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  • Rice Market Year Average Price Calculating Tool Now Available

    Sep 25, 2015
    Do the mathUSA Rice has developed an online tool to help rice farmers, millers, and merchants roughly calculate the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) market year average (MYA) price.
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  • Honoring Rice on the House Floor

    Sep 25, 2015
    Gone in 60 secondsCongressman Doug LaMalfa (R-CA), who serves on the House Committee on Agriculture, took to a lectern on the U.S. House floor yesterday to deliver a quick but poignant speech about the great contributions rice makes to the United States.
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  • Cal-Cam Rice Growers Celebrate National Rice Month

    Sep 24, 2015
    The Calcasieu-Cameron Rice Growers Association sponsored its 18th annual National Rice Month Cook-Off Tuesday. The event was hosted by the Port of Lake Charles who also sponsored the luncheon.
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  • Application Deadline for Rice Leadership Program Nears

    Sep 24, 2015
    The Rice FoundationRice producers and other industry-related professionals who are interested and meet the eligibility requirements are encouraged to complete the application process for the Rice Leadership Development program by October 3. The next class will be announced in December at the USA Rice Outlook Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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  • Selling Rice Amidst Chaos in Iraq

    Sep 23, 2015
    The road aheadIraq’s public tendering system is a mess. The Iraqi Grain Board (IGB) has extended, or “renewed,” tenders on several occasions, most recently with the current tender initially set to close on September 9, but now extended until September 29. The IGB’s contracts committee has not met as scheduled, leading to the current delay.
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  • USA Rice Awarded Funding to Bring Chinese Officials to the U.S.

    Sep 23, 2015
    Working out next stepsUSA Rice was notified today that our Emerging Markets Program (EMP) proposal budgeted at $61,000 to bring Chinese officials to the U.S. has been approved for funding in FY 2015. The purpose of the visit, scheduled to take place soon after a phytosanitary protocol has been reached with the Chinese, is for the officials to survey a number of rice mills interested in exporting rice to China. This market survey is required by the protocol and envisioned as the last step before rice can be legally imported by buyers in China.
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