USRPA Hosts Guatemalan Rice Industry Leaders in Texas

August 18, 2023
From left are Tommy Turner (President Texas Rice Council, USRPA board), Francisco Perez (General Director ALCSA rice company Guatemala), Fernando Chavarría (Project Manager ALCSA), José Antonio Corrales (President of ALCSA), Jorge Rodriguez (International Marketing Director, ADM Rice, Inc), Dwight Roberts (Market Advisor, USRPA), Galen Franz (Texas rice farmer, USRPA board, Chairman of Texas Rice Research Foundation) and Cris Brown (Export Merchandiser, Hansen-Mueller, Port of Houston) after a tour of the Hansen-Mueller grain facility.On August 14, 15, and 16, the Texas Rice Council in partnership with the US Rice Producers Association (USRPA) hosted Jose Antonio Corrales, President, Francisco (Paco) Perez, General Manager, and Fernando Chavarria, Mill Operator, of ALCSA, the largest mill in Guatemala. The group visited the offices of RiceTec and Nutrien, Texas farmer sales offices, drying and storage facilities, harvesting, and Hansen-Mueller at the Port of Houston to learn how the Texas Rice Industry identity preserves rice to provide traceability from our fields to their mills for both domestic and international buyers.
USRPA hosts trade servicing trips such as this with the support of USDA Market Access Program funding, a program implemented through the Farm Bill. This is yet another reason the Farm Bill is crucial to the success of U.S. agriculture!
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