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Commentary: Rough rice exports key to future for U.S. rice farmers?

Dwight Roberts, President and CEO, US Rice Producers Association | Delta Farm Press

The longtime debate on exporting milled versus rough rice continues and appears to be entering a new chapter. Going back to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Mexico, then the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) and more recent agreements like the treaty with Colombia, all tell a story.

As we enter what appears to be a new era in international trade, the U.S. rice farmer must ask himself, “Would I still be in business if there were no rough rice exports?”

Farmers were told that rough rice exports would cripple our domestic market and erode our infrastructure. Ask anyone in the wheat industry what happened to all those flour mills that used to export bagged flour. They closed and the U.S. became the largest exporter of wheat in the world.

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The Rice Advocate, Vol. 13, Issue 05

In this issue:


  • Rice Farmers Travel to Washington, DC to Voice Concerns
  • Rice Market Update:  Bankers Helping Farmers with Planting Decisions
  • Louisiana Independent Rice Producers Association Annual Meeting Reflects on Accomplishments
  • Update from Washington, DC


Poe Announces Launch of Cuba Working Group

Dec 16 2015

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-2) announced that he has joined a bipartisan group of 10 Members of Congress to launch the Cuba Working Group, a group that will focus on crafting new policies and ways to appropriately restore U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations. The group announced its formation in a letter sent to Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Its launch comes one year after President Obama announced that he would unilaterally try to normalize U.S. relations with Cuba.


TRA 13.04

In this issue:

  • Rice Market Update: Farmers Cautiously Optimistic as Market Sets Stage for Better Prices
  • USRPA Praises Loosening of Cuba Trade Restrictions, Calls for Congress to Do More
  • Nominee for FDA Commissioner blocked by several Members
  • EPA proposes discharge permit for pesticide spraying
  • Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Hosts Southeast Texas Rice Symposium
  • Fortuna International to Address Rice Market & Technology Convention
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