US Rice Producers Association

The US Rice Producers Association, representing rice producers in Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Texas, is the only national rice producers' organization comprised by producers, elected by producers and representing producers in all six rice-producing states.

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The Rice Advocate, Vol. 12, Issue 38

In this issue:

  • Historic Rice Export Sale Attracts Attention to Southwest Louisiana and Beyond
  • General Rice Market Update
  • Government Shutdown Averted (Postponed?)
  • TPP Outlook Gloomy for Rice
  • House Ag Committee holds second hearing on International Food Aid Programs


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U.S. & China to Sign Rice Protocol Agreement


Contact: Dwight Roberts
Phone: (713) 974-7423

HOUSTON, Texas (September 14, 2015)- Officials from the United States and the Peoples’ Republic of China will sign a phytosanitary protocol during the week of September 21st when Chinese President Xi Jinping leads a delegation on an official visit to Washington, DC.  Culminating an effort that reaches back more than 15 years, the US Rice Producers Association (USRPA) has been pushing to open the Chinese market to U.S. rice.

In those intervening ten years, China has switched from being a rice exporter to (in recent years) importing two million tons or more of long grain rice. Vietnam has been the origin of most of the Chinese imports, due to a combination of price, proximity, and quality. The U.S. has not been permitted to ship to China because rice was not included in the original negotiations that resulted in the sale of millions of tons of soybeans and cotton and other grains. That now changes with the new phytosanitary protocol.

TRA 12.37

In this issue:

  • Rice Farmers Lead Efforts to Open Rice Trade with China
  • Market Update:  Rice Farmers Cautiously Optimistic on Price Outlook
  • ASALBAR & Us Rice Producers Association Announce Its New Campaign
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Rice farmers unload trucks at new export grain terminal

By Doris Maricle

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Southwest Louisiana rice farmers unloaded trucks of rough rice Friday at the new $60 million IFG export grain terminal at the Port of Lake Charles.


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