SA Rice Producers' Group Chairman Linda Raun and USA Rice Federation Chairman Jackie Loewer wrote to House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) expressing their support for the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (FARRM or farm bill).  The committee will be marking up its version of the farm bill on Wednesday, July 11.

Additionally, USA Rice Federation joined more than 50 other agriculture organizations signing onto a letter of support for the House Agriculture Committee's version of the farm bill and urging the committee to move the farm bill forward.  "The farm bill is tremendously important for every single American, not just farmers and ranchers.  In addition to helping farmers plan ahead and mitigate risk to survive the tough times, the bill provides critical investment in rural communities, conserves precious natural resources like soil and water, provides food for those less fortunate, and creates new sources of energy made here at home," the letter said.

The USA Rice Federation looks forward to working with the House Agriculture Committee to move this bill forward and to ultimately have a new, comprehensive farm bill in place in time for next year's crop so that producers and lenders have the certainty necessary to plan for and produce a rice crop.