Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Louisiana Rice Mill

Last week, the South Louisiana Rail Facility in partnership with Agreeta celebrated the groundbreaking of its new milling facility in Laccassine, Louisiana. Special guests who spoke at the ceremony included Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, Louisiana Ag Commissioner Mike Strain, Parneet Swani, Director of Agreeta, and Corinna Baban, President of Agreeta USA.

Governor Edwards thanked Mark Pousson, General Manager of the South Louisiana Rail Facility, saying, “Mark has been tireless – thank you for what you’ve done for the state of Louisiana.”

The rail facility with access to the Port of Lake Charles opens the opportunity for direct rice sales from Louisiana and East Texas to Mexico and Central America. “The new mill is another resource for U.S. rice farmers to continue to provide a quality product to our customers for generations to come,” Pousson said, “We went from loading rail cars, then vessels and now operating our own rice mill, giving another marketing option for our members in just nine years.”

Among those in attendance, a strong delegation from the Central American Rice Federation (FECARROZ) joined the celebration and attended a dinner and reception hosted by LIRPA & SLRF the previous night. The USRPA hosts FECARROZ each year as a way for the groups to come together and discuss the market, future promotions, and trade policies. The FECARROZ delegation was grateful to meet and talk with the rice farmers whose hands grow and deliver the rice they buy for their countries. They were also able to meet and chat with Governor Edwards immediately before the groundbreaking ceremony.

The US Rice Producers Association is proud to be a strong ally and advocate of the Louisiana Independent Rice Producers Association and the South Louisiana Rail Facility, whose hard work has made the new milling facility a reality.

November 24, 2021

In This Issue:

  • Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Louisiana Rice Mill
  • 49th Annual Missouri Governor's Conference on Agriculture

November 19, 2021

In This Issue:

  • Market Update: Colombia Rice Tariff Rate Quota Unfulfilled
  • LA Governor Edwards Attends Rice Mill Groundbreaking
  • Sabor USA's Thanksgiving Dinner
  • Washington Update: 2021 Wrap Up

November 12, 2021

In This Issue:

  • November Supply/Demand Report Leaves Unanswered Questions

November 5, 2021

In This Issue:

  • Market Update: U.S. Milled Rice Looking for Market
  • El Salvador Campaign Gains Positive Results
  • 2021 Farm Service Agency County Committee Elections Underway

October 29, 2021

In This Issue:

  • Market Update: What Will 2022 Bring?
  • Rice Farmers Featured on RFD-TV in This Week's Episode of Texas Ag Matters
  • Washington, D.C. Update

Tune in this week to RFD-TV for a special episode of Texas Agriculture Matters featuring Texas Rice Council President, Tommy Turner, and US Rice Producers Association Vice-Chairman, Neal Stoesser.

Commissioner Sid Miller takes a tour of Texas rice production in the upper coastal region.  See how this crop brings almost $200 million to the state's economy and provides thousands of jobs for Texans. GO TEXAN: Accompany Moonflower Farms as they use space-age technology to solve real-world problems.

The new episode will be featured live on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, at 6:00 pm CST, and Friday, October 29, 2021, at 6:00 am CST.

To find out if RFD-TV is available in your area, visit their website at:

October 21, 2021

In This Issue:

  • Market Update: Export Sales & Shipments Highest in Four Weeks
  • Washington, D.C. Update
  • Local Celebrity Guests Promote Rice in El Salvador

October 15, 2021

In This Issue:

  • Market Conditions Full of Unclear Factors
  • Farmer's Effort to Give Thanks Explodes into Humanitarian Cause
  • Washington, D.C. Update

October 8, 2021

In This Issue:

  • Hurricanes Reinforce the Importance of Rice Export Ports
  • El Salvador's Digital Promotion Engages Consumers
  • Guatemala Tunes in for Rice on Morning TV
  • Washington Update

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