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Rice Industry Awaiting Details on Partial Ag Deal with Japan

Rice Industry Awaiting Details on Partial Ag Deal with Japan

By Sarah Moran, USA Rice

ARLINGTON, VA — This past weekend, reports emerged regarding a Japan-U.S. trade deal covering agriculture, automobiles, and digital trade.  Initial reports indicate that rice was left out of this deal.

“While we are certainly disappointed to hear that rice wasn’t included in last week’s discussions, we remain committed to working with the U.S. government to realize improved rice trade,” said Charley Mathews, Jr., chair of USA Rice.  “At this point, we’re faced with a 379 percent tariff on U.S. rice going into Japan which translates to a lack of consumer access.”

Japan is the third largest export market for U.S. rice and for decades, USA Rice has pushed for an improvement in the quality and quantity of access for U.S. rice in Japan.  While Japan imports more than $200 million of U.S. rice, much of that rice does not reach the Japanese consumer due to Japan’s import policies and anticompetitive practices.

“Rice remains one of the most manipulated and protected commodities around the world, and Japan is no exception,” said Bobby Hanks, chair of the USA Rice International Trade Policy Committee.  “A comprehensive trade deal is the avenue in which to see improved commercial access to this vital market that has demonstrated an interest in U.S. rice.”

As Japan and the U.S. continue trade discussions, USA Rice will support the U.S. government in adequately advocating for U.S. rice farmers and the $34 billion rice industry that they represent.

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CRC Board Nominations Underway

The CRC has a number of seats up for election for a three-year term on the board. Check your mailbox for the open seats and nomination form. You can nominate yourself or someone you believe would make a great board member. Forms are due back by July 15th

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13District 3: Glenn and Tehama counties, and counties north thereof
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NCWA’s Updated Water Year Outlook & Impacts

NCWA’s Updated Water Year Outlook & Impacts

The Northern California Water Association has released the most updated water year outlook, which includes a newly released economic impact report centered on Sacramento Valley rice country.

The study by the University of California, Davis details economic income losses to all crops in the region, with the rice industry facing more than $703 million in drought-related impacts, mainly to rice mills, dryers and suppliers.

This latest water year update also details urban conservation requirements and current groundwater levels.

Click here to view the full report.