The Rice Research Board’s purpose is to help assure the continuing competitiveness and prosperity of the California rice industry by soliciting, evaluating, funding and overseeing research projects and programs that address industry needs. The program operates under the authority of the Secretary of Agriculture in the State of California.
Rice is the most widely consumed grain in the world. In addition to feeding a third of the world’s population, rice impacts some facet of our lives every day. In California, there is a much larger story to tell than the simple story of growing rice varieties that are world-renowned.
USA Rice Federation is the national advocate for all segments of the rice industry, conducting activities to influence government programs, developing and initiating programs to increase worldwide demand for U.S. rice, and providing other services to increase industry profitability for all industry segments. USA Rice has three Charter Members – the U.S. Rice Producers’ Group, the Rice Millers’ Association and the USA Rice Council.
Founded in 1899, the Rice Millers’ Association is one of the oldest agricultural trade associations in America. RMA membership, which includes farmer-owned cooperatives and privately owned mills, represents virtually all of U.S. rice milling capacity with mill members located in: Arkansas, California, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Texas. RMA associate members include a wide variety of allied businesses. The Rice Millers’ Association is a charter member of the USA Rice Federation.
Through the USA Rice Council, rice farmers and dues-paying mill members work together to steer the course for domestic and international programs, which are implemented through the USA Rice Federation. An award-winning domestic promotion program spearheads National Rice Month and other activities to increase rice use. Internationally, a successful track record of promotion activities teamed with industry support earns about $4 million annually from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service, which can fund USA Rice activities in more than 60 countries.
The U.S. Rice Producers’ Group is a coordinating body composed of rice producers and affiliated rice organizations with current representation from Arkansas, California and Louisiana. The alliance monitors domestic legislative and regulatory issues that affect the U.S. rice industry and serves as liaison to the other commodity and industry organizations. The U.S. Rice Producers’ Group is a charter member of the USA Rice Federation.