As part of the USA Rice Federation’s continuing support of the U.S. International Trade Commission’s (USITC) investigation of the factors affecting the U.S. rice industry’s competitiveness, USA Rice members and staff met with USITC staff at their headquarters here yesterday.
Millers Carl Brothers of Riceland Foods, Keith Glover of Producers Rice Mill and Chris Crutchfield of the American Commodity Company were joined by USA Rice Federation Chairman and Arkansas rice producer Dow Brantley to answer questions about the structure of the domestic rice industry.
Topics of discussion included the history of rice milling cooperatives, as well as how both cooperatives and independent rice mills currently operate. The ITC staff asked questions regarding export markets for regional varieties of rice and methods of milling, and the members present gave an overview of domestic markets.
The Section 332 study on the global competitiveness of the U.S. rice industry is scheduled to be made public in April of 2015. USITC staff plans to reach out to other operations in the coming weeks to expand their familiarity with aspects of the domestic rice industry.