|Moving Forward in 2023
On behalf of the USRPA board members and staff, we wish everyone a safe and healthy holiday season. 2022 was a year where all farmers had to expect the unexpected, much like the last several years. Weather extremes, shocking cost of inputs, unanticipated market conditions, and a war that has affected the world in so many ways have all contributed to the struggles of farmers and their families.
While 2022 was not without challenges, USRPA continued its work on behalf of farmers. We hosted our first Farmer Exchange Program trip to southwest Louisiana, hosted hundreds of industry members from 35+ countries at the Rice Market & Technology Convention, and conducted successful promotional campaigns around the world. While these are just a few of this year’s highlights, it was another successful year of advocating for the U.S. rice producer.
Probably at the top of the list for 2023 will be the new Farm Bill, the 19th in history. We continue to educate Congress on the realities of the family farm and there is no doubt that the new Farm Bill will be the most important in the past 25 years. An important challenge is how Congress will deal with inflation. Never before has it been so important for farmers to be involved in numerous policy issues, especially the young farmers. This is not your grandfather’s market!
We look forward to traveling with you to Washington, D.C. in early 2023 and meeting the challenges of the New Year head-on as we continue to be the only rice organization in the United States that is comprised by producers, elected by producers, and representing producers in all six rice-producing states.
We wish you a happy and prosperous New Year!