For the new emerging generation of rice farmers a look at what happened in the U.S. rice industry 20 years ago will help to answer their questions of why there are two rice groups. Time marches on and the establishment of the US Rice Producers Association 20 years ago came at a time when many of today’s young rice farmers were learning to walk or ride a bicycle. The purpose of this publication is to give those of you who are not aware or have heard an array of versions, the chance to know our early story and why rice farmers are best served by rice farmers. Like any organization created out of controversy and disagreements, the founders of the US Rice Producers Association were rice farmers willing to speak their minds and address the issues openly and honestly. They realized long ago that farmers must take care of their own interests or someone will take care of it for them. The efforts have not gone unnoticed as evidenced by the new structuring of committees, sub-committees, task forces, state groups, councils, boards and so forth within the bureaucracy of today’s rice trade organizations. We hope you find this chapter of history interesting to say the least.
President & CEO