Global Rice Industry Converges in Cancun, Mexico

Last week, representatives of some 185 rice businesses from 35 countries gathered at the Rice Market & Technology Convention in Cancun, Mexico to discuss a rice market unseen by anyone in attendance. The large participation was thanks in part to the conditions of the world market situation over the past two years, which continues to be complicated due to a number of factors such as weather, war, oil prices, COVID-19, soaring production costs, labor, logistics, and related issues. 

USRPA President and CEO Marcela Garcia, who has directed the conference for the past 11 years, was pleased but unsurprised by the increased attendance, pointing out, “This is a direct result of the market itself and the industry’s need to interact and conduct business while trying to get a feel for what lies ahead both short term and long term.”

Popular economist Dennis DeLaughter set the tone for the conference with his opening presentation titled “The Law of Unintended Consequences: Embracing Change,” highlighting the impacts on the economy and agriculture caused by world events. The conference consisted of two full days of presentations that ended with “Impacts of Higher Agricultural Input Values and Competitive Crop Pricing on the Rice Sector” by Dr. Thomas Wynn and Jay Davis of Coastal Rice and Futures Inc, giving participants something to talk and think about no matter their country of origin.

Prior to the conference itself, the Central American Rice Federation (FECARROZ) held its regular board meeting while SuperBrix and Applied Milling Systems conducted a well-attended, one-day seminar for rice milling managers titled “Follow the Money: Closing the Rice Profitability Circle.” The class involved milling engineer Norris Bond, well known worldwide in rice milling design and management.

“This year’s conference was a unique one and the RMTC has become exactly what we envisioned many years ago,” according to USRPA market advisor Dwight Roberts, adding that plans to make the 2023 conference even better are underway.

Southeast Texas Rice Farmers Featured on RFD TV In New Episode Of Texas Ag Matters

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: https://www.rfdtv.com/find-us

News Release: USRPA Announces the Creation of the Ray Stoesser Memorial Scholarship

On Wednesday, the US Rice Producers Association (USRPA) announced the creation of the Ray Stoesser Memorial Scholarship, named in honor of former USRPA board member Ray Stoesser. Stoesser’s family, in partnership with USRPA, created the scholarship program to celebrate the late farmer’s legacy and support the agriculture leaders of tomorrow. An active US Rice Producers Association board member and a third-generation farmer of more than 50 years, Stoesser was passionate about three things: his faith, his family, and agriculture. While he loved nearly every aspect of his decades-long career as a rice producer, he was particularly passionate about expanding opportunities in agriculture for the next generation.

In addition to receiving a $5000 scholarship to support their academic pursuits, the selected recipient will serve as a student ambassador for USRPA with an expectation of participating in at least two activities during the calendar year, including Field Days, legislative activities, conferences, and more.

“USRPA is thrilled to partner with the Stoesser family to create this opportunity for the agriculture leaders of tomorrow,” Marcela Garcia, President, and CEO of USRPA, said. “These students are our industry’s future and we’re proud to support them.”

Current high school seniors, undergraduate, and graduate students are eligible to apply. Applicants should have the intent of pursuing a career in an agriculture-related field. The application is now available online at usriceproducers.com/scholarship. Applications are due Wednesday, December 15.

The US Rice Producers Association, representing rice producers in Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Texas, is the only national rice producers’ organization comprised by producers, elected by producers, and representing producers in all six rice-producing states.

Missouri Rice Research & Merchandising Council Field Day is Now Online

The Missouri Rice Research & Merchandising Council’s Annual Field Day, originally scheduled in-person for August 19, 2021, is now available virtually. Watch the videos below for a glimpse of this year’s program, including an introduction from new staff member Mollie Buckler, and a presentation on water resources from Professor Michael Aide from Southeast Missouri State University. Visit the Virtual Field Day page on missouririce.com for the complete program of research updates, market updates, and more.

Meet Mollie Buckler, Coordinator for Delta Producer Relations, US Rice Producers Association. Mollie joined the team in June.

Have you ever wondered why rice is grown in southeast Missouri? Dr. Michael Aide with Southeast Missouri State University discusses water resources in Missouri and how the fertile farmlands of the Missouri bootheel came to be.

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.

10th Annual Rice Market & Technology Convention Focuses on Evolving Market Landscape

For Immediate Release
July 15, 2021

CONTACT:  Dwight Roberts
(713) 974-7423

KATY, Texas (July 15, 2021) --  Last week, the US Rice Producers Association hosted the 10th annual Rice Market and Technology Convention at The Woodlands Resort in The Woodlands, Texas. After going virtual in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly 200 participants from multiple countries safely came together in person from July 6 to July 8 to network and learn from leading industry experts.

“The conference provided a healthy networking environment to talk about rice marketing and production issues,” Dwight Roberts, President and CEO of the US Rice Producers Association, said. “It was good to see so many major rice companies from the United States and Latin America in attendance and reinforced all the objectives of this yearly event.  We are preparing new ideas for 2022 thanks to the suggestions of many participants.”

From sustainability to the state of international trade, themes of change and evolution underpinned every session and discussion panel. The convention kicked off on Wednesday morning with remarks from Dan Hunter, Assistant Commissioner of the Texas Department of Agriculture, who noted the more conscious consumer that came out of the pandemic. Keynote speaker Dennis DeLaughter then set the tone for the conference with a presentation titled “Embracing Change: Expecting the Unexpected.”  After a variety of subjects were addressed in the two days, an overall rice market outlook from industry analysts Stuart Hoetger and Dr. Thomas Wynn concluded the convention on Thursday afternoon. Throughout the week, participants also had the opportunity to connect with numerous agricultural businesses and organizations in the sold-out exhibition space.

Planning is well underway for the 2022 convention, with more details to be announced in the coming months. Visit www.ricemtconvention.com for the latest updates on next year’s event.

The US Rice Producers Association, representing rice producers in Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Texas, is the only national rice producers’ organization comprised by producers, elected by producers and representing producers in all six rice-producing states.

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Rice Market & Technology Convention Returns to Texas, July 6-8, 2021

Known as the most widely attended conference in the Western Hemisphere, the Rice Market & Technology Convention is returning to the Lone Star state – Texas! After careful consideration, taking into account travel restrictions and COVID-19 precautions, the RMTC will take place July 6-8, 2021 at the Woodlands Resort & Conference Center, just 30 minutes north of downtown Houston, Texas, and 25 minutes from George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Renowned speakers from all over the world along with Sponsors and Exhibitors showcasing the latest technology and services are gearing up to bring attendees fresh content and information.  Attendees will have many opportunities to network one on one during scheduled coffee breaks, extended luncheons, and much more. With simultaneous translation services,  attendees will have every opportunity to learn from all our speakers.