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Founded by Jeremy Zwinger in 2002, The International Commodity Institute is the umbrella organization that serves to offer clients an integrated media source that connects all critical aspects of the world rice industry. The institute brings together in-depth market reports and analysis (The Rice Trader publications), trade networking (World Rice Conference and other Events), expounding in various media (Weekly Direct TV Interviews), working with international producers of commodities (Farm & Trade), helping entities with global consulting, and international recognition for achievements and contributions to the global rice industry (World’s Best Rice Award and The Rice Trader Lifetime Achievement Award).

From farm to fork, from research to destination, the rice industry will be able to utilize the tools offered by the International Commodities Institute for insights and the ability to understand short, medium, and long term industry consequences, interpret market dynamics into commercial success.

For over 30 years, The Rice Trader publication has brought its subscribers crucial, up-to-the-minute information on rice trade through its daily and weekly publications. Acknowledged as the only source of confidential information about the rice market, this weekly summary of market data analysis has helped both the leading commercial rice companies and the regional government officials make informed decisions, which are critical in today’s market.

Our Mission

The Rice Trader is the world’s leading trade publication dedicated to in-depth analysis of the global rice industry. We assist your organization with valuable intelligence for risk management, trade, and decision-making abilities across the rice industry supply chain.

Rice is the staple food for over three billion people making it the world’s most important grain. Leaders from over 20 countries and every corner of the rice industry receive The Rice Trader. They rely on it to determine the most efficient ways to trade and transport this vital commodity. Comprehensive, in-depth market analysis makes The Rice Trader a pillar in the global rice industry and is the most profitable investment a person in this trade can make.

Acknowledge and honors development achievements through the prestige of our international awards, The Rice Trader aims to recognize and promote the development of the rice industry in countries that appreciate continuous development by education and research. 

Our Values

Published 48 times a year, the Weekly Report is a vital source for market intelligence. We serve our subscribers by delivering an integrated platform of information on rice origins, allied markets, and risk management tools. The Rice Trader combines market data with proprietary research to provide our clients the most comprehensive rice report in the world on a weekly basis.

Daily News Update from The Rice Trader features all of the most recent activities of the global rice industry from various related aspects and beyond.

The Rice Trader World Rice Conference is the world’s leading forum for rice industry professionals, and emphasizes on the global rice trade, with a strong reputation in bringing leaders and rice industry and the various elements that deliver rice, from farm to fork. 

Our Team

Team up from rice professionals, along with the companionship of researchers, enthusiastic advisors and reputed traders of the global rice industry who have decades of experience, The Rice Trader aims to deliver an integrated platform of information to the rice trade and allied industries that not only informs, but provides analysis, insight and valuable intelligence that will assist risk management, trade, and decision-making abilities across the rice industry supply chain. 

Jeremy Zwinger – President & CEO:
 “As the world and market transforms, so must we or we will be left behind.”

Jeremy Zwinger is the CEO/President of The Rice Trader, Farm And Trade, Inc., and International Commodity Institute.  Mr. Zwinger is the founder of the World Rice Conference, along with several other key projects which help build bridges between a vast number of global entities. He was raised on his family’s farming operation in North Dakota, USA, and is a graduate of North Dakota State University, where he also attended graduate school for agriculture economics.  Jeremy followed up this graduate school studies by taking on the position of the market analyst for U.S. Wheat in Washington DC, where he was able to get hands on experience in complexities of global trade and U.S. agricultural trade policy.  His interests are broad, ranging from commodities markets to the digitalization of global business to the rapidly changing international cultural/geopolitical environment.  Development of water distribution systems, ownership of water rights, and large-scale water trading are also key passionate interests. On a personal note, Mr. Zwinger is blessed with five children and an amazing family, whose support has allowed him to be here today.

A regular participant at international events and conferences, Mr. Zwinger has contributed extensively on the analysis of markets by predicting inter-commodity effects (rice, wheat, corn, soybeans, sugar, etc.), as well as currency and oil price led impacts on the rice markets. He is also well known among clients for his direct advisory work and market analysis that has proven to be very close to actual market developments.  His 2007 speech forecast rice prices to go past $1,000 per ton levels, the more recent global food oversupply predictions, his prediction of the 2016 Trump presidency more than a year in advance of the U.S. elections, and a split 2020 election, are a just a few key examples that are well regarded. 

Additionally, Mr. Zwinger has extensive experience that extends globally in the fields of publishing, brokerage, water trading, advisement, production financing, and consultancy services to a number of internationally respected players, including several Fortune 500 companies.  He has consulted for many countries on key strategic interests, with direct access to heads of state and their cabinet members throughout the globe. More recently, he has become heavily involved in globally critical topics such as water rights and value, food security issues, electronic trading, international production financing, global investment strategies with a focus on the commodity fields, market development strategies, and the coming solar cycle, which is likely to lead to major global issues on a multitude of levels. In 2020, he was also made a lifetime member of the Farm Foundation, a prestigious agriculture and trade policy group, which helps make recommendations for the future, while facilitating key leaders into action.  Mr. Zwinger has recently taken on the role of a weekly market discussion analyst on Direct TV, talking about the commodity markets and the important topics of the day. The changes brought on by Covid-19 have forced major developments in Mr. Zwinger’s business, where unique software was developed to help allow personalized networking with automated contracts.  The goal remains of a more efficient trade mechanism in this new and ever-changing environment.

Mr. Zwinger looks forward to contributing more insights on the future and hopes to make yet another accurate assessment of the direction the market is headed in aid of those in attendance. As we have seen in the past, there are likely to be some interesting insights that come from his engaging and passionate discussions.

V Subramanian – Vice President

Subra is Vice President and a member of The Rice Trader team with primary responsibilities in the TRT’s Asian and African rice market coverage. As Vice President at The Rice Trader, Subra presents daily updates on rice market prices, market developments and the latest in dealings amongst buyers and sellers as well as to provide a significant contribution to the weekly TRT report that has a wide readership from the global rice trade.

Subra’s contributions extend to covers developments and market intelligence gathering across all major rice markets, with an emphasis on development of TRT’s focus on rice market verticals that look at markets specifics like white rice, parboiled rice, fragrant rice, basmati rice, broken rice as well as key price trends and analysis in global rice markets and how these relay market signals and trends in procurement. Special reports on African markets, China, Indonesia, the Philippines and all the major export markets of India, Vietnam, Thailand, Pakistan, US, South America, Myanmar and Cambodia are also part of Subra’s market specific special reports that provide readers with specialist insights into global rice markets.

Subra is well-known for his role in the TRT World Rice Conference (held since 2009) the annual meeting place for the global rice trade.

Subra was also Managing Editor of Rice Today, between 2009 and 2012. Rice Today is the flagship publication of IRRI that was published by the The Rice Trader from between 2009 and 2012.

Subra was previously part of IBC Asia (Informa Group) for 14 years between 1994 and 2008 and helped create several firsts including Asia’s first coffee, sugar, rice conferences, and the world’s first Dry Bulk Shipping conference in a role that saw him create and eventually head IBC Asia’s Commodities and Maritime Division.

Educated in Singapore and the United Kingdom - Economics degree (University of Leicester) and a Masters in Science (MSc) degree in shipping trade and finance (City University, London, now known as the Cass Business School), Subra started his career at the Singapore Trade Development Board compiling trade statistics between Singapore and Malaysia. Subra subsequently joined Peregrine Futures where he provided daily market reports and analysis (including fundamental and technical analysis) to clients on futures markets, with emphasis on Coffee, Cocoa, Sugar as well as the metals markets of the London Metals Exchange.

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22 October 2021

Rice export prices in India rose to their highest level in nearly three months this week as the rupee appreciated amid a shortfall in supply, while higher shipping costs and a weaker baht dragged Thai rates lower.

22 October 2021

Chinese rice imports over January-August have more than doubled from 1.52 million mt in 2020 to 3.2 million mt in 2021, according to data from Chinese customs.

22 October 2021

Although global grain stocks are forecast to decline only fractionally to 600 million tonnes in the 2021-22 marketing year, higher consumption is expected to drop the stocks-to-use ratio to an eight-year low of 26%, according to the latest International Grains Council Grain Market Review report released on Oct. 21.

21 October 2021

The clarification from the commerce ministry came following a news report regarding food recall linked to alleged GM rice from India.

21 October 2021

The Vietnam fruit map for digitization of tropical fruits, or the development of indigenous corn varieties is not only an economic story but also carries the pride of Vietnam – an agricultural country.

Vietnam
22 October 2021

Intensive efforts are underway with support from diverse stakeholders to promote the sustainable use of rice husks and other biomass resources for electricity and heat production throughout Vietnam.

22 October 2021

Farmers in Phung Hiep district in Hau Giang province have started breeding fish in their rice fields during the annual flood season.

21 October 2021

The loosening of social distancing measures and increasing global demand have opened up great opportunities for Vietnamese rice exporters, according to experts, reported Vietnam News Agency.

India
22 October 2021

Kindly refer to a news report report in a section of press regarding said food recall linked to alleged GM rice from India.

21 October 2021

GM variety not produced in India, may be a ‘conspiracy’ to harm image: Govt

21 October 2021

The Centre has identified a Maharashtra-based exporter as the source of the broken rice flagged in Europe as contaminated with genetic modifications (GM) earlier this year, the Commerce Ministry said on Wednesday.

Pakistan
21 October 2021

A recent judgement of a European Union court has misled Pakistan into believing that its geographical indication (GI) rights over Basmati rice have been upheld. The judgement gains significance in view of the tussle over GI rights between India and Pakistan.

21 October 2021

Iran has urged Pakistan to remove it from category C of its Covid-19-related travel restrictions, as the ban is not only affecting the flight operations but also bilateral trade between the two countries.

21 October 2021

Agriculture is likely to face severe impacts from climate change, reducing the amount of food to be grown at a time when more is needed than ever before, a government official said.

Philippines
22 October 2021

The Bureau of Customs collected P14.3 billion worth of tariffs from 2.18 million metric tons of rice imports as of early October, exceeding the year-earlier performance and adding to the excess funding available to the government once the P10-billion commitment for rice industry modernization is met.

22 October 2021

The Chinese government turned over on Thursday 2,000 metric tons of rice donations to the Philippine government.

22 October 2021

In a ceremonial tasting held at the Department of Agriculture Philippine Rice Research Institute (DA-PhilRice) in Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, stakeholders including the country's Agriculture Secretary Dr. William Dar favored "Golden Rice" over ordinary white rice for its health benefits.

Bangladesh
18 October 2021

Agriculture is the ancient and main source of livelihood of mankind. After hunting and food-gathering economy, the foundation of the feudal society was laid based on land ownership and agriculture. From ancient times, agriculture has been the only source of employment for a large section of the Bengali population in this subcontinent, especially in present-day Bangladesh.

14 October 2021

The USDA has also projected that Bangladesh will overtake the Philippines as the world’s second-largest buyer of rice this year.

12 October 2021

Traders hoped that there is no possibility of spiraling rice price immediately as the government's timely decision on rice import in lower tariff helped keep the staple food price normal. 

Indonesia
20 October 2021

Japan's Ministry of Agriculture is seeking to buy a total of 81,318 tonnes of food-quality wheat from the United States and Canada in a regular tender that will close late on Thursday.

20 October 2021

A farmer airs rice in the field at Purasari village of Bogor district in Indonesia

15 October 2021

When the Covid-19 pandemic struck Indonesia's island of Bali, tourism -- the driving economic force in the region -- just about came to a halt.

China
22 October 2021

Beijing bought more broken rice; shipments trend may change

21 October 2021

The rice plantation demonstration base in Hengnan county in Hengyang, Hunan province, reaped an average of more than 23,938 kilograms per hectare this year, a record, experts said.

21 October 2021

Constant rains in recent weeks have delayed wheat planting in main production regions in China, a government official said on Wednesday.

Japan
22 October 2021

The Baylor Japanese program participated in Onigiri Action on Wednesday. Onigiri Action is an annual campaign that takes place Oct. 5 – Nov. 5, when taking a photo helps feed school children in need.

22 October 2021

The season of new rice is here, and supermarket shelves are stacked with bags of freshly harvested rice from various regions, marketed under brand names such as Shinnosuke, Seiten-no-hekireki and Yumepirika.

19 October 2021

Celebrations for the festival, including a Courtesans’ procession, the parade of mikoshi (portable shrines) and traditional theatre.

Thailand
22 October 2021

Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives is planning to connect the Northern railway with China’s Yuxi–Mohan railway to expand trade routes to China, Asia and Europe.

21 October 2021

While floods spared most of Thailand's rice fields and exporters are keeping to a shipment target of 6 million tons this year, fertilizer costs

20 October 2021

The massive rally in fertilisers is coming for rice, a staple food for half of the world’s population, with farmers in one of the top exporters bracing for exorbitant prices of crop nutrients in the coming planting season.

Others
22 October 2021

Farmers across many areas in Sri Lanka continue to protest against the shortage of fertilizer for cultivations.

22 October 2021

A new technology has been developed that makes it easier to measure the acreage of rice plants that have been damaged due to rain or wind.

22 October 2021

The Korean Embassy in the Philippines and its partners urged the Philippine government, donor countries, private sectors and international organizations to address the pressing issues in the agriculture sector in the country in the run-up to the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26).

22 October 2021

Three hundred acres of rice farms at Aframso in the Ejura Municipality of Ashanti Region have been destroyed following the collapse of the embarkment on the Afram river constructed to irrigate the farm lands.

22 October 2021

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Uganda has said youth unemployment is real, but opportunities for youth in agriculture are endless.

21 October 2021

38%, according to a report from the Foreign Agricultural Service of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

20 October 2021

The President of the African Development Bank Group (www.AfDB.org), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, received a high-level Nigerian delegation led by the country's Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar on Monday.

19 October 2021

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has signed a funding agreement with the Embassy of Japan in Liberia.

19 October 2021

Rice remains one of the most intensely produced crops and with that, it is one of the largest contributors of greenhouse gases emissions and climate change, owing to the large volumes of fertilizers and the large volumes of water that rice requires.

19 October 2021

Rice farmers in Jigawa State says the invasion of their farms by quelea birds has been a major challenge threatening rice production in the State.

19 October 2021

AS Nigeria joined rest of the world to celebrate 2021 World Food Day, the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, weekend, honoured the Finance Director of Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria, RIFAN, Shehu Muazu, with the Most Prolific Rice Producer Award 2021.

19 October 2021

As climate change continues to worsen in the northern parts of Nigeria, weeks without rainfall in Kano has resulted in many farmers to losing their crops, especially rice.

18 October 2021

The German development and cooperation agency GIZ, in collaboration with StartUp Namibia, in September launched an agribusiness bootcamp aimed at benefiting Namibian women in agriculture.

15 October 2021

Committing to global climate targets continues to be a contentious debate in Australia's capital. But in paddocks across rural Australia, the agriculture industry is working hard to reduce its impact on the environment.

14 October 2021

Australia could face rising costs of capital and divestment by offshore funds if it is not seen to be doing more to address climate change, a top central banker said on Thursday.

14 October 2021

Harvest delays have pushed up nearby grain prices into southern Queensland as buyers' clamour for supplies.

14 October 2021

WHEN you picture a farmer in Australia or an agricultural corporate leader, what does that person look like?

14 October 2021

When top barley buyer China last year slapped tariffs of more than 80% on imports from Australia amid a bilateral spat, grain farmers Down Under could have been forgiven for fearing tough times ahead.

12 October 2021

One of the Riverina's largest irrigated cropping properties is back on the market.  The 14,149-hectare (35,000 acre) Cobran has already passed through some well-known hands including former Elders boss John Elliott.

07 October 2021

Rain was widespread throughout the farming regions of western and eastern Australia in the past week.  Towards the beginning of the week, thunderstorms and showers associated with a low-pressure trough brought moderate falls to central and southern Queensland, New South Wales, and northern Victoria.

05 October 2021

New South Wales has a very diverse agriculture system, which Andy Doyle discovered during a visit to a research centre working on rice and cotton production.

04 October 2021

Australia’s two largest cities are moving closer to ending lockdowns as vaccination rates climb, but leaders are warning that people should remain cautious with their newfound freedoms and that coronavirus case numbers will inevitably rise. 

01 October 2021

They use an organic Australian rock to grow strawberries and other pollutant-free fruit and vegetables destined for Vietnam’s grocers and premium restaurants.

22 October 2021

The figures show a reduction in overall emissions of 3.6% compared to 2019, which although significant, is 0.4% less than the reduction seen in 2019.

22 October 2021

Supports for agriculture will total almost €10 billion with a 50 per cent increase in funding for “eco schemes” under a new Common Agricultural Policy (Cap) strategy for Ireland to run from 2023 to 2027, the Government announced on Wednesday.

18 October 2021

Agriculture and the energy industry are the two main sectors enabling society and the state to function normally. Therefore, in the next decade, €7.5 billion will be invested in the agricultural sector, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković has said.

18 October 2021

Justin Ellis Agricultural Relationship Manager for Virgin Money, considers the impact of Covid and the long-term prospects for agriculture.

18 October 2021

The Minister for Agriculture has said Irish agriculture will not have to make the same level of greenhouse gas emission cuts as other sectors.

14 October 2021

Russian grain crop will be enough to cover the domestic needs as well as the export potential, stated the Minister of Agriculture Dmitry Patrushev on October 12.

14 October 2021

Funding for the Department of Agriculture will be up by €32m next year with money to be provided to double the funding for animal welfare organisations and to establish the new Food Ombudsman.

14 October 2021

The path towards sustainable agriculture in Ireland is one that has to be inclusive, including all those at a grassroots level.

13 October 2021

A rice product commonly sold in SuperValu stores is being urgently recalled due to the presence of wood chippings.

11 October 2021

Steps taken by the current government to increase the country’s exports have begun to show results. Russia has increased the quantity of rice imported from Pakistan.

21 October 2021

China imports of Brazilian soybeans fell by 18% in September compared to the same month a year ago, according to data from the General Administration of Customs.

20 October 2021

We must very rapidly stop the extraction and use of fossil fuels. At present, U.S. President Joe Biden authorizes drilling for oil on public lands. This must stop.

15 October 2021

Agriculture is one of the sectors hardest hit by climate-related disasters in Latin America and the Caribbean, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned on Wednesday, which marked International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction.

12 October 2021

Hurricane season isn't over yet: What's now Tropical Storm Pamela is forecast to smash into the west coast of Mexico as a Category 3 hurricane by midweek, forecasters from the National Hurricane Center said Mon. 

11 October 2021

There might be good intentions in this strategy, but maybe efforts might be better made in other parts of the supply chain.

11 October 2021

Ecuador is aiming to negotiate trade deals with China, Russia and South Korea in the next four years, the Andean nation’s Production and International Trade Minister said on Thu, adding that closing a deal with the U.S. is a priority.

08 October 2021

As part of a long-term promotion strategy launched earlier this year, USA Rice created the “Think Rice: The Perfect Ingredient” campaign, a multichannel crusade designed to engage consumers through in-store promotions and digital marketing throughout Colombia.

06 October 2021

During the tenure of former Minister of Agriculture, Robert Persaud, the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) had used $50M from the national purse to construct a seed paddy facility in Lesbeholden, Black Bush Polder, Region Six.

06 October 2021

71,316 migrants, refugees and host community members benefited from WFP’s food vouchers in Aug. The majority of migrants and refugees were Venezuelans (96%), and Colombians (4%). 7,690 pregnant and lactating women and children under two years of age, from the most vulnerable households in 16 provinces, received an additional transfer to improve their nutrition during the 1,000 days window.

06 October 2021

Regional alert levels and movement restrictions have been extended until 19 Sep 2021.

21 October 2021

The inclusion of Iran in ‘C category’ was adversely affecting flight operations and bilateral trade.

14 October 2021

Farmers are facing major price hikes for all the requirements of agricultural production such as seeds, fertilisers, treatments and plastic, which exacerbates the challenges they were already facing, according to the Jordan Valley Farmers Union.

14 October 2021

The Week will feature various events related to sustainable agriculture, food production and food security issues, including the launch of the Abu Dhabi Food Safety and Security Conference

08 October 2021

In Southern Africa, the main season has ended with a bumper summer cereal output (23% above the 5-year average (FAO)). Production prospects for winter wheat in South Africa are favorable. Southern Madagascar faces the worst food and nutrition crisis in decades (see ASAP Special Focus).

04 October 2021

Union Minister for Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal on Wed said the Dubai Expo 2020 will further strengthen India-UAE relations especially exports.

01 October 2021

Mehdi Dolatyari watched with dread in recent months as once-affordable goods at his central Tehran supermarket soared out of reach for his customers. Iranians who previously bought sacks of staple foods at the store now struggle to scrape together enough for meals, as the country's currency sinks to new lows against the dollar.  "Rice is awfully expensive," Dolatyari said, describing how its price has nearly doubled.

29 September 2021

The value of Iran’s non-oil trade rose 47% during the six months to Sep 22, compared to the same period of time in the past year, announced the head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA).

28 September 2021

According to reliable sources, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry has developed a vision for implementing the Cabinet’s decision to take the necessary measures for the disbursement of basic food supplies (ration) to eligible low-income earners and reviewing the share of basic food items for each individual, reports Al-Rai daily.

28 September 2021

The Parliamentary Research Center of the Government of Iran has warned of the spread of water stress protests in more than 250 cities in the country and announced that these dissatisfactions will be linked to other popular protests. 

21 October 2021

In MY 2021/22, Colombian corn, rice, and wheat demand are forecast to recover as Colombia returns to pre-pandemic economic growth levels. In MY 2021/22, corn production is forecast to increase to 1.5 million MT driven by higher prices, while rice production is forecast to decrease to 1.8 million MT due to low domestic prices.

21 October 2021

FAS Cairo (Post) forecasts Egypt’s wheat imports in marketing year (MY) 2021/22 (July – June) at 12.4 MMT, up from the previous marketing year estimate due to higher consumption driven by population growth.

20 October 2021

Australia is set for a second consecutive bumper grain crop following two years of drought. For wheat and barley, during the fall planting period and winter and early spring growing period, rainfall has overall been very good across the growing regions.

20 October 2021

As international rice prices gained competitiveness over Chinese rice prices, significant import volumes have entered China since November 2020. Using current customs data, India is now China’s top rice supplier, with broken rice accounting for 97 percent of China’s imports from the supplier.

20 October 2021

Excess rains in September helped offset delayed, erratic monsoon rains of the previous months. The monsoon came to an end with an extended withdrawal in early October. Cumulatively, Southwest Monsoon rainfall was 99 percent of its long period average.

20 October 2021

The military coup continues to negatively impact Burma’s economy, and the value of the Myanmar Kyat hit record lows in September. Arriving shipments, however, are being cleared and are not facing many clearance challenges.

20 October 2021

This report covers the national rice market. Rice prices are listed by variety and by state, with historical trend data for select varieties. Also included is a market trend analysis.

19 October 2021

This full text file contains reports, issued weekly during the growing season (April to November), which lists planting, fruiting, and harvesting progress and overall condition of selected crops in major producing states.

19 October 2021

This report covers the national rice market. Rice prices are listed by variety and by state, with historical trend data for select varieties. Also included is a market trend analysis.

19 October 2021

This report contains updated Marketing Year (MY) 2020/21 and MY2021/22 production, trade, and consumption estimates for Ukraine against those discussed in our Annual grain and feed report (UP2021-0017).

22 October 2021

Before even reaching full production capacity, CalPlant, the world's first facility set to turn post-harvest rice straw waste into Eureka MDF, a medium-density fiberboard with no added formaldehyde, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in federal court in Delaware.

22 October 2021

In the first “rights of nature” case filed in a U.S. tribal court, the White Earth Band of Ojibwe is hoping to establish precedent in support of an unorthodox but growing legal movement.

22 October 2021

Despite facing a litany of challenges including labor, weather and increasing costs of doing business, Wayne County’s billion-dollar agriculture industry continues to enjoy a bright future.

20 October 2021

It can’t be because everything else was going so well. It can’t be because the rain gods thought we had it too good, or that there were too few flames burning too few trees and homes, or that the summer wasn’t hot enough or there was too little violent crime or not enough deadly disease. We’ve had more than our fill of all that.

20 October 2021

After suffering through a devastating summer of wildfires, Californians may catch a break this month as a series of expected storms could effectively end the fire season in the northern and central parts of the state, experts say.

20 October 2021

Corn and Oats closed with moderate losses last week on selling seen in response to the latest USDA production and supply and demand estimates. Trends turned mixed on the daily charts for both markets. December Corn was also lower last week on ideas of solid harvest progress and ideas that farmers might be selling right off the combine. Support came from strong ethanol demand data.

19 October 2021

Gavilon Grain, LLC recently opened its new grain facility in Huntley, Montana, US. The new facility features a slip form concrete elevator with 750 bushels of storage capacity and more than 1.5 million bushels of external storage.

18 October 2021

Graduates of Minnesota and Montana technical colleges with agriculture programs find jobs on the farm and in the industry.

15 October 2021

This is truly a watershed moment for agriculture. Several bipartisan bills are moving through both chambers of Congress right now.

15 October 2021

Pulled by strong meat prices, September food prices were 4.6% higher than a year ago, said the Labor Department on Wednesday. The monthly Consumer Price Index report said the annual U.S. inflation rate was 5.4% in September, compared with 5.3% in the preceding month.

22 October 2021

The Beans and Rice food truck held a celebratory grand opening this month in Pulaski County, Virginia.

22 October 2021

The global Organic Rice Protein Market" evaluation and insights 2021-2025 is a complete evaluation primarily based totally on in-intensity studies at the improvement environment, marketplace dynamics, opportunities, growth, insights, and rising technology of Organic Rice Protein market.

21 October 2021

According to Fortune Business Insights™, the global hybrid rice seeds market size is projected to reach USD 5.43 billion by 2027 owing to the rising concerns regarding food security worldwide. The report further states that the global market value was USD 2.06 billion in 2019 and is expected to register a CAGR of 13.32% from 2020 to 2027.

20 October 2021

In support of World Food Day over the weekend, FoodForward SA hosted a food packaging event at their depot in Epping Industrial to launch their Household Food Security Programme.

20 October 2021

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum session on 29 September on the implications and shortcomings of how Development Policy Financing nudges countries towards policy reforms.

19 October 2021

Celebrity nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar listed 10 good qualities of rice that help you maintain overall health.

18 October 2021

Agriculture in the 21st century faces multiple challenges: an increased demand for food due to a growing population and changing diets, a levelling off of crop yields, and dwindling natural resources and biodiversity.

14 October 2021

If the global population reaches ten billion by 2050, farmers across the globe will need to increase their product yield by 70 per cent.

14 October 2021

With its extreme weather conditions, climate change poses a threat to rice farming across the world, among other things due to anticipated irrigation water scarcity and escalated labor costs.

14 October 2021

Some groups emerge time to time from different professions, with the enthusiasm of promoting traditional rice varieties free of toxic contaminants for consumption. Traditional varieties are highlighted as healthy and nutritious, but with little or no scientific evidence.

22 October 2021

The United States said that China’s industrial policies “skew the playing field” against imported goods and services, as well as their foreign providers, and that Washington would pursue all means to secure reforms.

22 October 2021

The British Ports Association (BPA), the national body for ports and harbours, is today publishing their latest Business Confidence survey of UK ports sector and port professionals. Despite recent supply chain pressures and energy and economic concerns this survey very much highlights a ‘business as usual’ activity amongst UK port operators, as well as assessing the levels of confidence amongst decision-makers within ports.

22 October 2021

The world faces “very prolonged” disruptions to shipping cargo flows, an executive at leading ports operator ICTSI said, as logistical headaches such as truck shortages weigh on backed-up supply chains and rebounding trade drives up volume.

22 October 2021

U.S. farmers rely heavily on genetically modified crops. The crops contain altered DNA to withstand viruses or voracious insects. More than 90% of corn grown in the country is genetically modified.

22 October 2021

China is showing its determination to help bring the global economy back on track and make continuous contributions to global economic security and sustainable development, according to officials, entrepreneurs and experts at a global forum held in Changsha, the capital of Central China's Hunan province.

22 October 2021

The sour relationship between Myanmar and Asean might have forced the Tatmadaw -- a term for the Myanmar junta government -- to go soft and release hundreds of political prisoners from Insein prison, in a bid perceived as an attempt to extend an olive branch to the regional bloc.

21 October 2021

Bangladesh is set to further cut charges for Indian use of Chittagong and Mongla ports as transhipment points to carry goods.

21 October 2021

The largest container alliance in the world, 2M Alliance has decided to change the rotation of several services in Europe, due to port congestions and supply chain issues.

21 October 2021

The Port of Los Angeles (POLA) has reported its busiest September ever recorded in its 114-year history

21 October 2021

Council of Agriculture seeks to cut reliance on China market even further

Executive Summary

25 October 2021

World markets remain largely the same, well-supplied, competitive and as demand is rising, and with this demand, like for much of 2021, freight rates, logistics and shipping provide the main challenges that have made buyers more cautious, and this is especially the case in the containerized exports of rice, from most anywhere. There are inflation concerns, a rising replacement stock concern and we also have a global market that remains deep in pandemic related influences that persist. The most obvious influence is in port congestion that has tied up shipping supply, raised rates and raised inflation as a concern well beyond rice. 

Thought of the week

25 October 2021
New Beginnings...

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