20 Years and Counting

A look at what happened in the U.S. rice industry 20 years ago answers questions of why there are two rice groups.

The purpose of this publication is to give those of you who are not aware or have heard an array of versions, the chance to know our early story and why rice farmers are best served by rice farmers. Like any organization created out of controversy and disagreements, the founders of the US Rice Producers Association were rice farmers willing to speak their minds and address the issues openly and honestly.

Cornerstone 2018 Election Analysis

Cornerstone Government Affairs is pleased to provide our clients, partners, and friends with our 2018 Election Analysis.  Contained herein is a breakdown of federal and state election results from around the country along with analysis and implications across a wide range of policy areas.

We hope you find our 2018 Election Analysis informative and helpful.

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from the Texas Farm Bureau


Representing rice producers in Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Texas, USRPA is the only national rice producers’ organization comprised by producers, elected by producers and representing producers in all six rice-producing states.

Since 1997, the US Rice Producers Association has worked hard to:

  • Maintain and enhance existing rice markets, both domestic and international.
  • Find and develop new markets for domestic sales and export of rough, brown and milled rice.
  • Represent producers in legislative and governmental affairs in Washington, D.C.
  • Educate and inform producers and the general public about rice and rice market information.
  • Expand research activities to develop the rice industry

We invite you to browse our web site, check out the Rice Advocate and News section to learn about issues and events concerning the rice and agricultural industry.


Where can I find more information and statistics on Organic rice farming in the U.S.?

The USDA Economic Research Service collected data from USDA-accredited State and private certification groups to calculate the extent of certified organic farmland acreage and livestock in the United States.

Where can I find more information and statistics on Organic rice farming in the U.S.?

The USDA Economic Research Service collected data from USDA-accredited State and private certification groups to calculate the extent of certified organic farmland acreage and livestock in the United States.

Vol. 16, Issue 15

April 11, 2019

In this issue:

  • Hansen-Mueller Expands Port of Houston Export Activity to Include Rice
  • U.S. Prepares Tariffs on Hundreds of European Products
  • Disaster Assistance Fails
  • CFTC Agricultural Advisory Committee
  • Texas Rice Update
  • Mississippi River Flooding Continues to Hamper Trade
  • MMRMC at the St. Louis Science Center

Vol. 16, Issue 14

April 4, 2019

In this issue:

  • USDA’S Foreign Agricultural Service Visits Louisiana and Texas Gulf Coast
  • Texas Rice Update
  • Missouri Rice Council at the Missouri Capitol
  • Market Update: Asian Origins and U.S. Price Spread Narrows Slightly, Helps Boost U.S. Competitiveness
  • Judiciary Committee Hearing
  • USTR Releases Report on Foreign Trade Barriers, Citing China Tariffs and Japan Market Access Issues

Vol. 16, Issue 13

March 28, 2019

In this issue:

  • Senate Looks to Reform Tariff Process as Court Upholds President’s Recent Actions
  • All Eyes on USDA’s Stocks and Planting Report Due 3/29/2019
  • The First “Festival del Arroz Americano con Sabores de México e Internacionales” Was a Success
  • Promotional Campaign to Promote the Healthy Consumption of Rice in El Salvador Has Begun
  • Delta Area Update

Vol. 16, Issue 12

March 21, 2019

In this issue:

  • President Requests More Trade Funding, Opens Brazil for U.S. Wheat as Brexit Uncertainties Continue
  • Mississippi River Flooding Complicates Export Shipments, Gulf Coast Farmers Get Weather Break
  • Arkansas & Delta Rice Update
  • Texas Rice Update

Vol. 16, Issue 11

March 14, 2019

In this issue:

  • U.S. Rice Industry Loses a Great Leader & Friend
  • Trump Administration Releases President’s 2020 Budget
  • Series of Brexit Votes Delay U.S.-U.K. Trade Talks
  • Market Update:  Mississippi River Conditions Affecting Barge Traffic to New Orleans

Vol. 16, Issue 10

March 7, 2019

In this issue:

  • USRPA Urges Timely Farm Bill Implementation
  • Lawmakers Take Positions on USMCA as White House Calls Passage a Top Priority
  • Market Update: Weather Owns the Market
  • Missouri Rice Council’s Annual Meeting
  • Texas Rice Update

Vol. 16, Issue 09

February 28, 2019

In this issue:

  • Congress Hears from Secretary Perdue in Back-to-Back Congressional Hearings
  • Market Update – On-Again, Off-Again, Export Buying Pattern Needs March WASDE Report
  • USDA Post Estimates Rice Production in Mexico for 2019
  • USDA FAS GAIN Reports: Mexico, Thailand, China, South Korea

Vol. 16, Issue 08

February 22, 2019

In this issue:

  • U.S., China Continue Trade Negotiations as March 1 Tariff Deadline Looms
  • “Farmers’ Rice Prices Can Only Increase Going Forward….Right?”
  • Missouri Rice Meeting
  • Texas Rice Update

Vol. 16, Issue 07

February 15, 2019

In this issue:

  • Rice Market Needs Long Grain Demand, Iraq Business
  • House and Senate Conferees Release Omnibus Spending Package
  • USDA Will be Holding a Listening Session on 2018 Farm Bill Implementation
  • Mark Your Calendars: Missouri Rice Conference to be held in Malden, February 21

Vol. 16, Issue 06

February 7, 2019

In this issue:

  • House Agriculture Committee Announces Full Roster and Holds First Organizational Meeting of Full Committee
  • Market Update: All Eyes on February 8 USDA WASDE Report
  • Missouri Rice Research Council Annual Meeting Scheduled for February 28

Vol. 16, Issue 05

February 1, 2019

In this issue:

  • Chairman Peterson Announces Subcommittee Chairs
  • 22nd Annual NCS Cotton & Rice Conference a Success!
  • Market Update

Vol. 16, Issue 04

January 24, 2019

In this issue:

  • CAFTA-DR Focus of Meeting in Costa Rica
  • Market Update: Lack of USDA Reports Detrimental to Rice Farmers
  • Laura Tucker Joins USRPA
  • Texas Rice Council Board Meets in Katy
  • Southeast Texas Rice Symposium in Winnie

Vol. 16, Issue 03

January 17, 2019

In this issue:

  • CAFTA-DR Focus of Meeting in Costa Rica
  • FSA Provides Limited Services While Shutdown Continues
  • Rice Market Update
  • Texas Rice Farmers Meet in El Campo
  • Texas Rice Update
  • USRPA at the Missouri Governor’s Conference

Vol. 16, Issue 02

January 10, 2019

In this issue:

  • RMTC Heads to New Orleans!
  • Shutdown Continues
  • Rice Market Update: Farmers Need USDA WASDE Report to End Speculation
  • 22nd Annual National Conservation Systems Cotton & Rice Conference is Farmer Friendly

Vol. 16, Issue 01

January 3, 2019

In this issue:

  • Shutdown Continues: No Resolution in Sight
  • US Congressman Rick Crawford Keynote Speaker Ag Education Conference
  • Market Update: Government Shutdown
  • Delays USDA Market Numbers

Vol. 15, Issue 48

December 14, 2018

In this issue:

  • Farm Bill Update 2018: The Waiting is Almost Over
  • Market Update: Final 2018 WASDE Report Increases Medium Grain Exports, No Changes on Long Grain Supply/Demand
  • Texas Rice Farmers Meet with Texas Department of Agriculture

Vol. 15, Issue 47

December 3, 2018

In this issue:

  • USRPA & FECARROZ Hold Annual Joint Meeting
  • UES Meeting in Houston: Review 2018, Prepare for 2019
  • Update: US-China Trade and NAFTA
  • Will the Final WASDE Report of the Year Impact the Farmers’ Market?
  • Texas Rice Update

Vol. 15, Issue 46

November 30, 2018

In this issue:

  • Farm Bill Saga Continues
  • Market Update: Foreign Buyers Take Advantage of Currency Rates


USDA Confirms China has Signed the Rice Protocol

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Dwight Roberts

President & CEO


Dwight Roberts has spent the last 30 years working in agricultural related international activities both in the private sector and as the director for international marketing at the Texas Department of Agriculture. Roberts is bilingual and spent 10 years living and working in the grain and cattle business in South America. Roberts has represented USRPA on FAS Program trips to Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Centro America. Received his bachelor’s degree from Abilene Christian University.


Marcela Garcia

Chief Operating Officer


Marcela Garcia is fully bilingual and graduated from the University of Houston with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and a minor in Spanish and Entrepreneurship. Garcia joined the USRPA team in May of 2009. In addition to developing and implementing USRPA’s current International Promotions Programs, Garcia has been in charge of the annual Rice Marketing & Technology Convention, which brings together rice industry from throughout world, promoting international trade and networking. Garcia has traveled throughout Latin America, attending events and meetings representing USRPA.


Veronica Galvan

Events & Technology Manager


Veronica Galvan Is responsible for the organization’s technical and digital strategies including production of marketing materials for international and domestic initiatives. Galvan is bilingual and has an extensive background working with technology specific to the non-profit industry and graduated from DeVry University with a bachelor’s in Technical Management. Galvan was previously employed with the National Association of Realtors® and the American Orthopedic Association in Illinois. Galvan relocated to the Houston area in 2007 and joined the USRPA team in November of 2009. Galvan is also currently working with logistics, planning and development of RMTC.


Bianka Rodriguez

Marketing Manager


Bianka Rodriguez,  Marketing Manager is responsible for managing USRPA’s UES International Rice Promotion programs in Mexico and Central America and regularly travels to audit and review campaign activities.  Rodriguez is bilingual and joined the team in 2012 and supports the USRPA in a wide range of activities including administrative and customer support particularly with Latin America. Rodriguez also coordinates and facilitates the logistical aspects involved with the annual Rice Market & Technology Convention’s many Speakers, exhibitors and sponsors.  Rodriguez is the point-of-contact and intermediary amongst prominent customers of U.S. rice and various U.S. Embassies. Rodriguez studied at the Universidad Del Valle de Mexico, Mexico City and continues her education with courses at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey and received a Business Management Certificate from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile.


Grace Wang



Grace Wang is responsible for processing accounts receivables, payables and payroll for USRPA, RMTC, TX Rice Council and PAC and assist with federal (USDA) grant claims, accounting and contribution records. Wang born in China, she is bilingual Chinese – English and moved to Houston after graduating from Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio with an MBA degree. She has over 10 years’ experience working in accounting and administrative positions in various industries, including oil and gas, manufacture and logistics. Grace joined USRPA in 2016.


Trey Barker

Member Services


Trey Barker is from a 5th generation rice farming family in Texas. Barker recently graduated from Texas A&M University majoring in Agriculture Leadership Education & Development. Along with a passion for production agriculture and connecting with others in the rice and cattle industries, Barker is an avid hunter, fisher and agricultural photographer. Barker continues to work on the family farm in Katy, Texas and is responsible for Member Services at the USRPA.


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