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.

The Cornerstone Government Affairs Team

from the Texas Farm Bureau

THE US RICE PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION

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.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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.

Volume 16, Issue 31

August 22, 2019

In this issue:

  • Weather Concerns in SE Asia Impacting Rice
  • Rice Festival in Guatemala

Volume 16, Issue 28

August 1, 2019

In this issue:

  • Gulf Coast Harvest in Full Swing
  • Official Answers Provide More Detail on Trump Trade Agenda
  • Budget Agreement Passed
  • Texas Rice Update
  • Rice Day at the St. Louis Science Center

Volume 16, Issue 27

July 25, 2019

In this issue:

  • Rice Market Update
  • Delicious recipes with Chef Melissa Morelos!
  • USDA Announces Details of Support Package for Farmers
  • Bipartisan Budget Agreement Reached

Volume 16, Issue 26

July 18, 2019

In this issue:

  • Rice Avoids Tropical Storm Damage, Harvest Days Away
  • US Department of Labor Proposes Changes to the H-2A Program
  • The Rice Festival Returns to Mexico
  • Guatemala Mobile Cooking Program
  • Texas Rice Update

Volume 16, Issue 25

July 11, 2019

In this issue:

  • Sale of U.S. Rice to China Encouraging News
  • USMCA Vote Unlikely Before August Recess; China Talks Restart; U.S. Targets French Digital Tax
  • Market Update: All Eyes on Tropical Storm Barry
  • 72nd Annual Beaumont Field Day
  • U.S. Rice was Represented at the GastroExpo ARES in El Salvador

Volume 16, Issue 24

June 27, 2019

In this issue:

  • Market Update: All Eyes on Crop Condition as Gulf Coast Harvest Month Away
  • Prevented Planting
  • Eagle Lake Field Day

Volume 16, Issue 23

June 20, 2019

In this issue:

  • Slow Market as New Crop Approaches, Waits for USDA June 30th Acreage Report
  • Mexico Approves USMCA as US Congress Considers Improvements to Trade Pact
  • Ag Appropriations Update
  • US Rice Producers Association’s Dennis DeLaughter Selected to ATAC
  • A Special Thank You to New Orleans
  • RMTC 2019 Participants
  • US Rice Producers Mourn the Passing
  • of David Carroll Ehrhardt
  • Texas Rice Update
  • The Rice Festival Activity Started with Great Success in Guatemala
  • The Promotional Campaign Continues with Success in El Salvador

IMPORTANT NEWS

USDA Confirms China has Signed the Rice Protocol

To see the original note go to the USDA website here:

STATE & INDUSTRY MEMBERS

INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONAL PROGRAMS

STAFF / CONTACT US 

Dwight Roberts

President & CEO

info@usriceproducers.com

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.

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Marcela Garcia

Chief Operating Officer

marcela@usriceproducers.com

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.

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Veronica Galvan

Events & Technology Manager

veronica@usriceproducers.com

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.

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Bianka Rodriguez

Marketing & Promotions Director

bianka@usriceproducers.com

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.

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Grace Wang

Accountant

Grace@usriceproducers.com

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.

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Trey Barker

Member Services

trey@usriceproducers.com

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.

Laura Tucker

Delta Coordinator

laura@usriceproducers.com

Laura Tucker is USRPA’s Coordinator for Delta Producer Relations. Tucker represents the interests of U.S. rice farmers while working and interacting regularly with state and local government officials, farmers and allied businesses, particularly in the Mississippi delta region.

Laura Tucker has spent the past six years working in both the private and public sector of the agriculture industry. Prior to joining the USRPA, Laura worked as both Director of US Agriculture Operation and Global Product Manager Rice for the London based, third party inspection company, Intertek. Laura also spent time as International Business Development Manager and Projects Director for the Missouri Department of Agriculture.

Laura received her B.A. from University of Missouri-Columbia, as well as attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Laura was raised in southwest Missouri on her family cattle ranch where she assisted in their cow calf operation. After extensive international and domestic travel Laura now resides in the Ozarks.

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US Rice Producers Association

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