• USA Rice Highlights Trade Barriers for USTR

    Oct 30, 2015
    USA Rice has submitted to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) a list of key trade barriers facing U.S. rice in foreign markets.
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  • House Passes 2-year Budget Deal, Promises to Reverse Cuts to Crop Insurance

    Oct 29, 2015
    Yesterday afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015 which raised the debt ceiling until March 2017 and increased federal spending by $80 billion over two years. Fortunately for agriculture, the previously reported $3 billion cut to federal crop insurance will be reversed during the Appropriations process later this fall.
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  • USA Rice Gets Greater FAS Funding for 2016 International Promotion Programs

    Oct 29, 2015
    USA Rice received notification this week of the budget awarded by FAS for Fiscal Year 2016. Under the Market Access Program (MAP) USA Rice received an allocation of $2,485,000, a 1.2 percent increase from FY2015. Under the Foreign Market Development (FMD) the USA Rice budget will be $1,877,000, a 6.1 percent increase from the prior year. In total, USA Rice received a budget allocation of $4,362,000, an increase of $136,000 or 3.2 percent more than in 2015.
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  • Rice States Must Begin Section 18 Emergency Exemption Requests for AV-1011

    Oct 29, 2015
    Departments of agriculture in states with rice producers affected by bird consumption of rice seed need to begin applying for Section 18 Emergency Exemption Requests for AV-1011 (anthraquinone) bird repellent as soon as possible in order to have approvals from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a timely fashion. Section 18 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) authorizes EPA to allow an unregistered use of a pesticide for a limited time if EPA determines that an emergency condition exists.
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  • USA Rice at Miami Trade Show

    Oct 28, 2015
    This week, USA Rice exhibited here at the 19th Americas Food and Beverage Show and Conference, the largest Americas focused food and beverage trade show in the Western Hemisphere. More than 500 exhibitors hailed from the U.S. and Latin America as well as Korea, Thailand, Turkey, and the show’s country of honor, Algeria.
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  • #USARiceOutlook Contest: Week Three

    Oct 28, 2015
    Sean Doherty, a rice farmer from Dunnigan, California, is this week’s finalist in the #USARiceOutlook social media contest. A weekly winner will be announced every Wednesday until November 4, and will be in the running for the grand prize of a free registration to the USA Rice Outlook Conference in New Orleans December 9-11.
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  • Crop Insurers Targeted in Budget Deal

    Oct 27, 2015
    Tomorrow, Congress is expected to take up a two-year budget bill in an effort to avert a government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling. The deal would increase federal spending by $80 billion over two years and raise the federal borrowing limit through 2017. However, $3 billion in cuts to the federal crop insurance program were included as an offset.
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  • Mississippi Rice Farmer Named White House ‘Champion of Change’

    Oct 27, 2015
    Yesterday, Buddy Allen, a rice farmer from Tunica, Mississippi, was lauded as a ‘Champion of Change in Sustainable Agriculture’ at a ceremony at the White House. Allen was one of twelve champions across all of agriculture recognized for taking steps to improve the sustainability of their operations, and educating others to do the same.
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  • USA Rice Congratulates New Rice Farming Editor Vicky Boyd

    Oct 26, 2015
    One Grower Publishing has announced the hiring of Vicky Boyd as editor of Rice Farming and Soybean South publications. She also will be the managing editor of Cotton Farming magazine. Boyd is based in Modesto, California.
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  • Rice Chef of the Year – Mexico City

    Oct 23, 2015
    This week, USA Rice hosted the 15th “Rice Chef of the Year” rice cooking contest at the Colegio Superior de Gastronomia, the first culinary institution in Latin America, with the participation of 21 professional chefs representing restaurants, hotels, banquet halls, and culinary institutions. The winners received generous prizes from the sponsors: La Vasconia, Bon Chef, Vinos Torres, Chocolates Lindt, Herdez, Simplot, and Editorial Mango.
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