• USA Rice and Jewel-Osco ‘Build a Better Basket’

    Jun 23, 2017
    USA Rice recently wrapped up a partnership with retail dietitians at Jewel-Osco, a supermarket chain with stores across Illinois, Iowa, and Indiana. During the May promotion that coincided with Celiac Awareness Month, U.S.-grown rice was featured as a smart choice for shoppers following a gluten-free diet. Through Jewel-Osco Dietitians’ “Build a Better Basket” program, shoppers were introduced to U.S.-grown rice health benefits, versatility, and recipes through a print newsletter and blog, social media posts, weekly ad circular, and in-store point-of-sale signage.
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  • U.S. Paddy Allowed Unhindered Access into Colombia

    Jun 22, 2017
    On June 6, 2017, the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) published “Official Resolution #6705 of 2017” which removed a previous resolution that restricted imported U.S. paddy rice to the port of Barranquilla. The previous resolution also implemented phytosanitary measures for the transportation of U.S. paddy rice and for the management of residues (such as husks) after being milled in Colombia. These mitigation procedures and restrictions to one port in Colombia are now null and void.
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  • Iraq Extends Agreement on U.S. Rice

    Jun 21, 2017
    USA Rice orchestrated a coordinated effort with U.S. State Department and Embassy officials here to ensure the extension of the U.S.-Iraq Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for rice that was set to expire last week. It has now been confirmed that the MOU has been extended by the government of Iraq until January 2018. The extension means exporters of U.S.-grown rice will have additional opportunities to make sales to Iraq through January of next year.
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  • USTR Ag Negotiator Nominated and Acting Deputy Under Secretaries at USDA Named to Keep the Ball Moving

    Jun 20, 2017
    A key trade figure has been nominated and acting undersecretaries named.
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  • USA Rice Millers’ Association Announces New Chairman, Vice Chairman

    Jun 19, 2017
    Last week, the USA Rice Millers’ Association (RMA) announced the election of Alex Balafoutis, Vice President of Sales for the Rice Business Unit at PGP International in Woodland, California, and Keith Gray, Vice President of Supply Chain at Riviana Foods, as chairman and vice chairman, respectively. Each will serve a two-year term that begins August 1, 2017.
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  • USA Rice Welcomes Cameron Jacobs

    Jun 19, 2017
    Cameron Jacobs joins the Domestic Promotion team.
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  • U.S. Rice Makes an Impression at the Friendly Culture Fair in Mexico

    Jun 16, 2017
    USA Rice participated in the International Fair of Friendly Cultures in Mexico City to promote U.S. rice at the most widely attended festival yet.
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  • Trump Changes Course on Cuba; Impact to Ag Unclear

    Jun 16, 2017
    President Trump is asking the Treasury and Commerce Departments to revise policies regarding Cuba. The impact is unclear, but could have a chilling effect on agriculture trade.
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  • Census of Agriculture Sign-Up Deadline June 30

    Jun 15, 2017
    The 2017 Census of Agriculture deadline is fast approaching. Sign up to be counted today!
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  • As Warmer Weather Invades Canada, So Too Do New Rice Recipes

    Jun 14, 2017
    USA Rice Canada has taken advantage of a seasonal shift in Canadian eating habits to reach out to consumers with new rice recipes and concepts.
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