U.S. Rice Heading to China

Jamie Johansen Audio, Exports, Rice, Trade

History was made this week when an agreement permitting US rice exports to China was signed during bi-lateral trade meetings held in Washington DC. An inspection of US rice mills and packaging facilities by the Chinese phytosanitary authorities is the next step to take place. The first exports to China will take several months but will provide a boost to …

Audio, Exports, Rice, Trade

FMC Command® 3ME is Tops for Rice Growers

Chuck Zimmerman Audio, FMC, Rice, weeds

Command® 3ME herbicide remains the South’s number one preemergence solution for protecting rice production from annual grasses despite recent entries into the market, according to FMC tech service rep Don Johnson in Mississippi. “We’ve been on the marketplace for rice growers in the Delta region for 16 years now,” said Johnson during an interview at the 2017 Farm and Gin …

Audio, FMC, Rice, weeds

US Challenges Chinese Quotas for Rice, Wheat, and Corn

Cindy Zimmerman Corn, Government, Rice, Trade, Wheat, WTO

The Obama Administration has launched a new trade enforcement action against the People’s Republic of China over tariff-rate quotas (TRQs) for rice, wheat, and corn. The complaint was filed with the World Trade Organization (WTO) by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). “China’s TRQ policies breach their WTO commitments and limit opportunities for U.S. farmers to export …

Corn, Government, Rice, Trade, Wheat, WTO

New Cuba Ag Exports Act Opens Trade Options

John Davis Ag Group, Rice

A new piece of legislation will open up trade possibilities for U.S. agricultural exports to Cuba. H.R. 3687, the Cuba Agricultural Exports Act, was introduced by House Agriculture Committee Chairman, Mike Conaway, along with Representatives Rick Crawford (R-AR) and Ted Poe (R-TX). It repeals financing restrictions, allowing U.S. banks to offer credit in Cuba in connection with exports of U.S. …

Ag Group, Rice

Lots of Reaction to TPP

Cindy Zimmerman AFBF, ASA, Audio, Beef, Corn, Government, NCGA, NFU, Rice, Trade

Seems like everyone has something to say about the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement reached by negotiators meeting in Atlanta for more than five days, even though few details have been released. U.S. Trade Ambassador Michael Froman does say that agriculture is a big winner under the agreement. “Tariffs will either be eliminated or greatly reduced or quotas will be significantly …

AFBF, ASA, Audio, Beef, Corn, Government, NCGA, NFU, Rice, Trade

USA Rice Federation at 2015 Mid-South Farm & Gin Show

Taylor Truckey Audio, Rice, Trade

The USA Rice Federation is the commodity association that represents all industry aspects (growers, millers, merchants) of the rice industry; they have members in all 6 major rice producing states. While at the 2015 Mid-South Farm & Gin Show, Randy Jemison, Director of Louisiana Field Operations for USA Rice Federation, spoke with Chuck Zimmerman about their role in supporting rice …

Audio, Rice, Trade

FMC Offering Rice Growers Incentive to Use Obey

John Davis Agribusiness, Audio, FMC, Rice

It looks like a good season is ahead for rice, as acres are expected to be up. To get growers ready, FMC is offering producers $1.25 per acre in incentives to use Obey herbicide from FMC. At the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show in Memphis, Tennessee, Don Johnson with FMC explained to Chuck that the incentive would apply for either …

Agribusiness, Audio, FMC, Rice

Ag Coalition for Cuba Launched

Cindy Zimmerman Audio, Exports, Government, Rice, Trade, USDA

More than 25 companies and organizations launched the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC) in Washington Thursday to liberalize trade and re-establish Cuba as a market for U.S. food and agriculture exports. Among the speakers who introduced the new coalition were a list of lawmakers from a variety of states, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, and representatives …

Audio, Exports, Government, Rice, Trade, USDA

Agriculture May Benefit From Cuba Relations

Cindy Zimmerman AFBF, Ag Group, ASA, NFU, Rice, Soybean, Trade, USDA

The White House announcement Wednesday that the United States will begin the process of normalizing relations with Cuba brought positive responses from the agriculture industry. “Throughout history, agriculture has served as a bridge to foster cooperation, understanding and the exchange of ideas among people,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in a statement. “I have no doubt that agriculture will continue …

AFBF, Ag Group, ASA, NFU, Rice, Soybean, Trade, USDA