USRPA National Rice Month Recipe Contest

It’s National Rice Month! To celebrate, the US Rice Producers Association is hosting a recipe contest throughout the month of September. 

Submission Guidelines

1. Post your recipe photos and/or videos and tag US Rice Producers Association in your post by September 30.

2. The recipes should be prepared with American long-grain rice. Choose one of the published recipes on the US Rice Producers Facebook Page.

3. The three winners will come from three different categories:

  1. Elected by US Rice Producers Association
  2. Chosen by more shares
  3. Chosen by more likes in posting

4. The three winners will receive a 6-quart Instant Pot and a US Rice Producers Association Promotional Kit.

5. Winners will be announced during the first week of October.

6. Participants assigned to US Rice Producers Association, the rights to use their videos and recipe pictures on its website, as well as in its social media profiles.

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August 27, 2021

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August 20, 2021

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Empacadora Nor-Ver Visits Gulf Coast Rice Farmers

Gabriel Figueroa Herrera, owner and manager of Empacadora Nor-Ver S.A. de C.V., a rice packaging and milling company located in Panuco, Tamaulipas, Mexico, visited the Texas Gulf Coast to gain a better understanding of the rice production and how farmers market their crop.  Hosted by the US Rice Producers Association, Mr. Figueroa met with numerous farmers and dryers, and paid a visit to Colorado County Rice Mill near Eagle Lake.  Located in northern Veracruz, Nor-Ver is dedicated to the purchase, packaging, sale, and distribution of high quality grains and pulses, both from domestic production and imported.  First operated as a packaging operation, the company started milling rice three years ago.  

Mr. Figueroa was impressed with his visit and upon departing back to Mexico said, “thank you for all the attention and for addressing so many aspects of rice farming and the opportunity to know the US Rice Producers Association, and learn about your efforts in Mexico”, while adding, “you will see us doing business with American rice farmers.” 

Mr. Figueroa plans to visit the Mississippi Delta and Louisiana gulf coast regions later in the fall to understand how rice is marketed along the Mississippi River and New Orleans.

Volume 18, Issue 31

August 13, 2021

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Washington DC Update

On Monday, 10th August, the Senate amended and passed HR 3684, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) by a vote of 69-30.  The HR 3684, as amended, provides $1.2 trillion infrastructure funding ($548B in new spending) to rebuild roads and bridges, modernize public works systems and boost broadband internet, and other infrastructure improvements.  Provisions include--

The passage of HR 3684 was the culmination of months of bi-partisan negotiations between 20 Republican and Democratic Senators.  The Senate version differs dramatically from the underlying House passed bill which was approved by a mostly party line vote of 221-201 (2 Republicans voted aye).  A major concern of the bi-partisan negotiated bill was the “pay-fors” to offset the spending in the IIJA.  The IIJA pay-fors include:

Overall CBO estimated the bill will add $256B in projected deficits over eight years.  Future House action on the bill became much brighter after Senate passage as House Transportation Chairman DeFazio dropped his opposition of the Senate infrastructure bill and said he will push for additional climate and infrastructure policy in the reconciliation bill.

FY22 Budget Resolution

On Tuesday, 11th August, the Senate passed its $3.5 trillion FY22 Budget Resolution by a party-line vote of 50-49.  The concurrent budget resolution provides Congress fast-track procedures to pass a second “human” infrastructure package of up to $3.5 trillion with a simple majority vote in the Senate. This second infrastructure package, based on President Biden’s American Families Plan (aka Build Back Better agenda), which was released in April would make investments in health care, education, and childcare. 

47 amendments were considered, of which 29 were adopted.  The budget resolution provides $3.5 trillion in long-term investments offset by a combination of new tax revenues, health care savings, and long-term economic growth.  The funding investments include:

The Budget Resolution includes pay-fors such as follows:

Approval of the budget resolution is the first step to using the reconciliation process which allows the Senate to pass the $3.5T bill by a simple majority (50 votes) as opposed to the 60 votes needed to avoid the filibuster.  Senate Majority Leader Schumer released reconciliation instructions with a target date of 15 September for Senate committees to submit their reconciliation legislation according to their specific policy areas.  The Senate Agriculture Committee was provided $135 B in new spending to be spent as follows:

Reconciliation Instructions for other Committees are as follows:

The budget resolution includes reconciliation instructions allowing for changes to mandatory spending and revenues that increase the deficit by up to $1.75 trillion over ten years. The supporting documents for the budget calls for $3.5 trillion in new spending, which includes a reconciliation instruction to the Senate Finance/Ways & Means Committees for deficit reduction of at least $1B. Democrats have stated they want reconciliation fully paid for. That will require identifying additional revenues.  Passing a reconciliation bill in the Senate will require support from all 50 senators who caucus with Democrats.  Senator Manchin (D-WV) has raised concerns about the price tag of the budget plan and stated he voted ‘YES’ on the procedural vote to move forward on the budget reconciliation but has serious concerns about the grave consequences if Congress decides to spend another $3.5 trillion.  The House will return on 23 Aug to vote on the budget resolution.

Debt Limit

Another looming crisis is a vote on raising the debt limit.  The two-year federal debt ceiling suspension ended on 31st July.  The Treasury Department has begun using extraordinary measures to avoid a default until October or November before the government runs out of money. However, according to Secretary Yellen, there are “scenarios in which cash and extraordinary measures could be exhausted soon after Congress returns from recess” on 20 September when the House returns (Senate returns one week earlier).   On 9 Aug, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen called on Congress to increase or suspend the debt limit on a bipartisan basis stating it was a shared responsibility to protect the credit of the U.S.  Senate Minority Leader McConnell said last week that Republicans won’t support a debt limit increase or suspension. On 10th August, 46 Republican Senators signed a letter stating that no Republicans support a debt limit increase. Options to raise or extend the debt limit include passing a stand-alone bill, or adding it to the Budget Resolution, Continuing Resolution, or Reconciliation bill.

Stay tuned.

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