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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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16 September 2021

Nigeria has overtaken Egypt as the largest producer of rice in Africa.  Director-General, Africa Rice Center, Benin Republic, Harold Roy-Macauley said Nigeria now produces 4 MMT a year.

16 September 2021

Despite high yield of boro paddy, adequate stock in the government warehouses and low price at the international markets, the rice price is very high in the local market.

16 September 2021

U.S. consumer demand for aromatic specialty rice has steadily increased in recent decades as demographics change and consumer preferences evolve. Imports of jasmine rice from Thailand and basmati rice from India continue to reach record levels in response to U.S. demand growth, which is expected to continue climbing.

15 September 2021

South Korea's agricultural ministry said Wednesday it plans to purchase 350,000 tons of rice harvested this year, which will be reserved before being released into the market in the future, depending on demand.

15 September 2021

The Philippines’ rice inventory fell in August after stocks in households, commercial, and the National Food Authority (NFA) warehouses all recorded decline in supply.

Vietnam
16 September 2021

Vietnam will impose a 0% tax rate on 31 commodities imported from Cambodia such as live poultry, poultry meat and by-products, lemons and rice.

16 September 2021

In Quang Tri Province, the cultivation area for this year’s summer-autumn rice crop is around 22,410 hectares. Farmers harvested crops on 18,632 hectares. The remaining rice area is 3,778 hectares in districts, including Vinh Linh (272 hectares), Gio Linh (935 hectares), Trieu Phong (99 hectares), Dong Ha (560 hectares), Cam Lo (1,091.7 hectares), Dakrong (320) and Huong Hoa (500 hectares).

16 September 2021

Mekong Delta provinces are implementing many solutions to restore and boost agricultural production even in the complicated context of the COVID-19 pandemic to meet the high demand for food consumption and export by the end of the year.

India
16 September 2021

Meet Praseed Kumar Thayyil, a farmer from Wayanad, who is creating huge patches of art on his paddy field to create awareness about indigenous varieties of rice

16 September 2021

Deccan Grainz, a city-based rice exporter, is setting up a rice processing unit with a monthly processing capacity of 5 MT in Telangana.

16 September 2021

As many as 12 folk varieties of Indian rice examined by researchers can supplement the nutritional demand of important fatty acids in undernourished mothers, a recent study has claimed.  These can further supplement the arachidonic acid (ARA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in neonates through breast-feeding. DHA and ARA are fatty acids found in breast milk, as well as in some foods, like fish and eggs.

Pakistan
14 September 2021

Pakistan’s hybrid rice production has only increased over the years. While this has increased profitability of the rice growers, exporters have not benefited much. The country’s rice exports actually declined.

13 September 2021

Fearing that prevailing food inflation would derail the prospects of the country’s economic growth, members of a parliamentary committee urged the government on Thursday to holistically address the structural, operational and policy issues to accelerate the country’s agricultural exports.

13 September 2021

Pakistan Ambassador to China, Moin ul Haque on Saturday invited the leading Chinese entrepreneurs to come and take advantage of a conducive and investment-friendly environment and a number of incentives offered by the government in Pakistan.

Philippines
16 September 2021

Despite the coronavirus disease pandemic, Western Visayas is 138.73% rice sufficient, according to Executive Director Remelyn Recoter of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Region 6.

16 September 2021

The House of Representatives on Wed overwhelmingly approved on final reading a proposal authorizing the Department of Agriculture (DA) to use the excess rice tariff revenues under the Rice Tariffication Law (RTL) for direct cash assistance to farmers.

16 September 2021

The government’s goal to further improve the country’s food security levels this year has been largely supported by its effort on hybrid rice production.

Bangladesh
16 September 2021

Bangladesh imported around 700 TMT of rice from India in the last six months against a planned 1.5 MMT, according to officials.  "If a huge volume was imported, that could flood local markets and hurt farmers," a senior food ministry official said.

15 September 2021

Rice import increased 87 times year-on-year in July of the current fiscal year of 2021-2022 amid high prices of the staple on the local market.

15 September 2021

Re-establishing the Himalayan-South Asian connectivity can occur if political solutions can be found.

Indonesia
14 September 2021

The Minister of Agriculture (Mentan), Syahrul Yasin Limpo attended the Inpari 32 new high yielding variety (VUB) rice harvest event in Kecurit Village, Toho District, Mempawah Regency, West Kalimantan.

14 September 2021

Vice President Ma’ruf Amin said, even in the midst of pressure caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the agricultural sector is able to exist as the backbone of the national economy.

09 September 2021

The target of our main commodity production is 55.20 million tons for (dry unhusked) rice, 20 million tons for corn, and 20 million tons for soybean.

China
16 September 2021

Port of Guangzhou, the world's fifth-largest port, has opened a trade route carrying food from Central China to Africa, utilizing the multi-mode transportation of rail and sea freight, the port's operator said on Wed.  A train carrying the first batch of rice, part of Chinese aid to South Sudan and Kenya, left Zhuzhou, Central China's Hunan Province on Wed.

16 September 2021

In the vast rice fields of Mahitsy, Madagascar, local farmers are harvesting rice. They gather the roots of the ripe crops in one hand and cutting them skillfully with a sickle in the other. Then they lift the crops high above and beat them on the ground repeatedly, for the ripe grains to fall off one by one. With the sound of "bang, bang”, this beautiful and fertile land is filled with the joy of harvest.

16 September 2021

Terraced rice paddies are now covered in bright golden hues as the grain ripens in Tangjia village in Shunhuangshan National Forest Park, located in Dong'an county, Hunan province. It's a marvelous snapshot of autumn.

Japan
15 September 2021

Japan's Ministry of Agriculture sought 118,771 MT of food-quality wheat from the U.S., Canada and Australia in a regular tender.

15 September 2021

Huge lions, eagles, crabs, spiders, other animals, and mythical creatures made of leftover straw from the seasonal harvest, invade the niigata landscape.

09 September 2021

Japanese Consul General in Karachi Isomura Toshikazu has said that we will take all possible steps to increase bilateral trade between Pakistan and Japan Pakistani products should be promoted in the Japanese market.

Thailand
16 September 2021

Afraid of China's repentance, Thailand rushed to China with 500 trains full of rice overnight. Why made India so jealous?  China beat Japan to get 40 billion orders, but Thailand used rice to pay for high-speed rail.

14 September 2021

Bangladesh’s ‘Look East Policy’ and Thailand’s ‘Look West Policy’ may be synchronised to create new trade and economic connectivity corridors and offered to establish coastal shipping connectivity between Thailand’s Ranong Port and Bangladesh’s Chittagong Port.

14 September 2021

The Agritechnica Asia and Horti Asia Regional Summit, to be held as a hybrid online and in-person event on 16 and 17 November, offers farmers and farming specialists from Thailand and South East Asia not only innovative farming systems and a wide range of solutions for improving crop production but also access to a worldwide network of international companies and experts.

Others
16 September 2021

For as long as Cambodian rice farmers can remember, their product has had an unsavory reputation. Tough, dirty and unmilled, it was impossible to cook evenly, and even farmers traded it as pig feed in exchange for cash or better-quality rice from Vietnam or Thailand.

16 September 2021

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) intercepted Sun more than P15 million worth of smuggled rice aboard one of the vessels plying the waters off Bongao, Tawi-Tawi.

16 September 2021

Sarawak is gearing to modernize its agriculture sector to attract the young generation to take up farming as a career.  Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Douglas Uggah Embas said the majority of the farmers in the state were those aged 50 and above, so the participation of more youths in the sector is required.

16 September 2021

Liberians have begun to lament the repercussions that the reported shortage of the nation's staple, rice, would have on the country at a time when the nation is grappling with the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.  This situation, which many think will put the country under undue pressure if not handled immediately, is already making the public jittery as many people are seen in long queues across Monrovia to purchase a few bags of rice.

16 September 2021

The National Cereals Research Institute says that Nigeria has the capacity to produce sufficient rice to meet local demand.

15 September 2021

The Custom Service (NSC) Adamawa/Taraba State command has intercepted a Tipper lorry concealing rice in a load of sand.  The lorry was intercepted along Mubi, a commercial and border town of Adamawa State.

15 September 2021

Tanzania has joined the list of 37 countries which have ratified the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA) that seeks to boost intra-African Trade.  Minister of Industry and Trade, Kitila Mkumbo, made the announcement via Twitter, noting the country has joined a market of 1.2 billion customers. AfCTA was first opened for signing in Apr 2018 but came into application in 2019 after the requisite minimum of 21 of the 55 member states ratified it.

14 September 2021

The results of the latest IPCC report have enabled new operations to model the impact of climate change on crops. In West Africa, rice yields are set to fall substantially if current global greenhouse gas emission trends continue.

14 September 2021

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) says it will petition the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) to investigate the circumstances surrounding the commissioning of the Akotombra Rice Factory.

14 September 2021

Rice farmers in Ntensere and Nkawie in the Atwima Nwabiagya Municipality of the Ashanti Region have called on the government to intervene to control the activities of illegal gold miners (galamsey) to help them boost production and to improve their livelihood.

14 September 2021

Cross River State governor, Ben Ayade has said that he will convert all residents in the state to Rice farmers.

14 September 2021

All is now set for the formal commissioning of the Cross River State-owned 10-ton per hour ultra-modern rice mill located in Ogoja Local Government Area by President Muhammadu Buhari.

13 September 2021

Drone technology has been introduced in a Chinese-run rice farm in Uganda as a tool to modernize the agriculture and improve the technical skills of local youth.

16 September 2021

The total return of Australian farmland for the year ending Jun 30 was just over 15%, with income contributing 5.33% and capital appreciation return 9.36%, according to the latest quarterly Australian Farmland Index report.  On a quarter-by-quarter basis, total return amounted to 8.82%, driven mostly by capital growth at 7.16% and income return contributing 1.66%.

15 September 2021

Australia is forecast to reap record farm revenues this year despite pandemic challenges, a mouse plague and a trade dispute with China.

15 September 2021

The agricultural sector is looking at another record-breaking year, with the gross value of production (GVP) forecast to reach $73 billion in 2021-22, according to ABARES’ latest estimates.

15 September 2021

A second consecutive year of good seasonal conditions and high commodity prices is helping shield Australia’s farm sector from the broader economic uncertainty of COVID-19, with farmer sentiment surging in recent months, according to the latest quarterly Rabobank Rural Confidence Survey.

14 September 2021

With the rice season set for a superlative start following impressive rains, researchers predict growers will, for the first time this season, sow large areas to the new rice variety, V071.   Bred by the Australian Rice Partnership, a NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI), SunRice and AgriFutures Australia joint venture, V071 is a semi-dwarf, bold medium-grain rice variety with high yield potential.

10 September 2021

Women involved in the Australian rice industry and its related agricultural networks are encouraged to apply for the 2022 Jan Cathcart Scholarship.

10 September 2021

With more than half of Australia’s population currently in lockdown due to outbreaks of the delta Covid-19 strain, tight rules on movement and state border closures are posing serious challenges for the A$66- billion ($49 billion) agriculture industry for the second year in a row.

09 September 2021

There has been an increase in the number of Fijians who had opted for rice farming in Vanua Levu. Rice farmers in Nadogo outside Labasa Town has increased in the

30 August 2021

Pakistan’s High Commissioner to Australia Ch. Zahid Aziz on Sunday said there are bright opportunities for increasing bilateral trade between Pakistan and Australia for which he will try his best.

24 August 2021

The European Union is pressing ahead with carbon border levies – charges on carbon-intensive goods from countries such as Australia that haven’t taken strong action to reduce emissions. The EU will impose such measures on a range of imported industrial materials including aluminium, steel and cement.

16 September 2021

Powered by direct flights and 43 embassies, Ankara expands its sphere of influence

15 September 2021

France's farm ministry on Tue lowered its estimate of 2021 soft wheat production in the European Union's biggest grain grower to 36.06 MT from 36.69 million projected last month.

15 September 2021

The European Union’s climate czar says the 27-nation bloc should ensure that the most vulnerable people won’t pay the heaviest price of the green transition, amid rising energy prices.

13 September 2021

If an agreement cannot be reached between India and Pakistan and the EU rules in favour of either party, the matter could end up before the European Court.

02 August 2021

Pakistan’s exports to Italy recorded a 49 per cent growth on a year-on-year basis to $786 million in the outgoing fiscal year 2020-21 despite the fact that the Covid-19 pandemic had hit the Italian market.

15 September 2021

In the battle for corn and soybean market share, Brazil has made huge inroads in the past few decades. The South American country is the world leader in soybean production and is third in line for corn production. Buoyed by record profitability and a strong export program, expect further expansion in Brazilian corn and soybean acres.

10 September 2021

As salt encroaches on productive agricultural land, a handful of startups are finding ways to make crops grow in seawater.

31 August 2021

GUYANA and Suriname have inked a new agreement under which they will seek to target new global markets by joint expansion of their poultry and rice sectors. The Caricom countries indicated they will be supporting each other in entering the North American, European and regional markets.

26 August 2021

WFP participated in the event “Fortified rice: strategy to reduce anaemia” organized by the National Health Institute to commemorate its 125th anniversary. The occasion furthered positioned fortified rice as a key example of national policies that contribute to reduce malnutrition.

26 August 2021

In July, WFP and the Nicaraguan Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA) continued delivering seeds, bio-inputs, small livestock and tools to 448 families as well as 800 additional rice vouchers, distributed in Las Minas, a hurricane-affected area with strong rice demand. WFP also provided informative material about the programme in Spanish and Miskito and technical guidance to improve productive capacities, income and knowledge on food security, gender, and resilience.

10 August 2021

Still committed to retrieving the over $1 billion owed by the Panamanian government to the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) for rice sold to the country, Minister of Agricultural Zulfikar has requested the assistance of Foreign Affairs Minister Hugh Todd to spearhead talks.

02 August 2021

In recent years, precision biotechnologies have appeared on the Latin American horizon, introducing new ways to modify genomes affordably easily and precisely. Latin America has become an area that welcomes gene-edited crops in most of its territories. Researchers are developing tropical products for local use.

16 July 2021

A $21 million contract has been awarded to Manohar Service for the construction of a laboratory at the Burma Rice Research Station on the East Coast of Demerara. The contract was signed Wednesday at the Ministry of Agriculture.

16 July 2021

Low water levels on the Parana River in Argentina are forcing grain exporters to reduce the size of their cargo, according to a July 15 report from Reuters. Dryness in Brazil, where the Parana River originates, has caused a delay in the movement of thousands of tonnes of grain, Reuters reported.

08 July 2021

The Louis Dreyfus Co. (LDC) debuted its $2.7 million investment at its grains and oilseeds storage site in Campo Largo, Chaco Province in Argentina with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

27 August 2021

The Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA) draft is almost final, and will be shared with the new government as soon as things settle down in Kabul.

26 August 2021

The rail service between Pakistan and Iran was suspended after a cargo train derailed in Chagai. According to Railway officials, the train was carrying rice from Quetta to Iranian city of Zahedan when it met the accident near Dalbandin.

09 August 2021

The Iraqi government has purchased via a private company a total of 160,000 mt of US and Thai rice in recent days, according to multiple sources close to the trades.

03 August 2021

Growing rice on Iranian land other than territories bordering the Caspian Sea “is like shooting oneself in the foot”, according to a Tehran Times columnist who has warned of the peril posed to Iran by the expanded cultivation of the water-intensive crop. M.A. Saki sounded the alarm following two weeks in which street protests over water shortages have rocked parts of the country.

30 July 2021

Drought and mismanagement of water resources are fuelling anger at Iran’s government, sparking protests in which at least eight people have been killed.

29 July 2021

Iran is the fourth largest importer of rice in the world with the annual purchase of 1.2 million tons worth $880 million, chiefly from India, according to a report by Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture.

28 July 2021

The Ministry of Agriculture has even been boasting about the cultivation of this highly water-intensive crop. Growing rice in lands other than those bordering the Caspian Sea is like shooting oneself in the foot.

26 July 2021

Many in Khuzestan province where big crowds in over a dozen cities and towns have been protesting over water shortages for more than a week blame policymakers. Officials have said that at least 700 villages in the province are receiving regular supplies of water by tanker trucks.

20 July 2021

Iran’s customs office IRICA has called on the government to dismantle a seasonal ban on imports of rice, a demand echoed by rice importers amid low supplies of the staple in the country which could cause a sharp increase in prices over the summer.

16 September 2021

Wild Rice Products market 2021-2026 development strategy pre and post covid-19, by corporate strategy analysis, type, application, and leading 20 countries. Wild Rice Products Market Research Report is spread across 119 pages and provides exclusive vital statistics, data, information, trends and competitive landscape details in this niche sector.

16 September 2021

The new report by Expert Market Research titled, 'Asia Pacific Basmati Rice Market Size, Share, Price, Trends, Growth, Analysis, Key Players, Outlook, Report, Forecast 2021-2026', gives an in-depth analysis of the Asia Pacific Basmati Rice Market, assessing the market based on its segments like major types of basmati rice, end use and major regions.

15 September 2021

The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Agriculture Trade, the latest developments and the way forward as the COVID-19 is still spreading and may entail severe implications for access to food and longer-term shifts in global demand and supply of food and agricultural commodities.

14 September 2021

Export prices of all grades of rice remain unchanged despite the weakening of the Thai baht against the U.S. dollar and slow trading activities.

13 September 2021

Disseminate informations about the production, value chains and rice markets in producers and consumers countries of Latin America and the World.

13 September 2021

This report includes updated production forecasts issued by the National Agricultural Statistics Service which generally reflect crop conditions as of the first day of the month. The supply and demand impacts of transportation and port disruptions caused by Hurricane Ida are presumed to be temporary based on available information as of September 10, 2021.

10 September 2021

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1259 of 8 September 2020 fixing the import duties applicable to certain types of husked rice from 9 September 2020

09 September 2021

The Australian Crop Report contains ABARES forecasts for the area, yield and production of Australia’s major winter and summer broadacre crops. Forecasts are made at the Australian state level.

09 September 2021

Main 2021 “winter/spring” paddy crop estimated at above‑average level

08 September 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.

16 September 2021

The Arkansas rice industry has contributed 169,700 pounds to the Arkansas Foodbank in recognition of National Rice Month. Six mills will donate over 1.27 million servings of rice to help feed families, children, and the elderly across the State.

16 September 2021

The California Cooperative Rice Research Foundation has tapped Dr. Dustin Harrell as its new director of the Rice Experiment Station near Biggs, California.  “We couldn’t be more excited,” said Glenn rice grower and foundation chairman Gary Enos. “His experience as a rice agronomist and just being director of the LSU research station speaks very well of him.”

16 September 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced today an investment of over $30 million for 33 grants that support farmers and ranchers who grow and market high-quality organic food, fiber and other organic products. This investment is part of NIFA’s Organic Agriculture Program.

15 September 2021

U.S. grain exports slumped to their lowest level in years last week as shippers struggled to restart loading operations along the Louisiana Gulf Coast after Hurricane Ida flooded and damaged grain terminals and knocked out power across the region, preliminary data showed on Monday.

15 September 2021

Rice researchers and growers are working to fine-tune the timing and type of nitrogen applications to produce the best crop with the least impact on the environment.

15 September 2021

The Arkansas rice industry has donated 169,700 pounds of rice to the Arkansas Foodbank in honor of National Rice Month. The donation from six mills will provide over 1.27 million servings of rice to help feed families, children, and seniors all across the state.

15 September 2021

The use of certified seed, equipment sanitation and crop rotation are among the tools California growers are using to curb instances of weedy rice, university crop advisors say.  Most growers are scouting at least monthly for weedy rice and finding that other weed species are more prevalent even for those who have it, according to a University of California survey.

15 September 2021

Arkansas’s first shipment of rice to China was made earlier this summer, with more scheduled in the coming months.

15 September 2021

In the Northwoods, one of our most iconic and beloved lake species is wild rice, a plant that grows in a few of our lakes and slow-moving streams. Last week, WXPR listeners heard from Joe Graveen from Lac du Flambeau, who talked about the importance of wild rice to the Ojibwe. It is also appreciated by non-Native people also love to harvest and eat wild rice.

14 September 2021

More than 30 years ago, an act of Congress designated September as National Rice Month (NRM), and ever since the U.S. rice industry has capitalized on the annual month-long celebration to raise awareness of U.S.-grown rice and recognize the contributions the U.S. rice industry makes to America’s economy.

16 September 2021

A new market study published by Global Industry Analysts Inc., (GIA) the premier market research company, today released its report titled "Rice - Global Market Trajectory & Analytics". The report presents fresh perspectives on opportunities and challenges in a significantly transformed post COVID-19 marketplace.

15 September 2021

That is the main finding of a new UN report calling for repurposing these incentives to achieve more of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and realize the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration.   The report, A multi-billion-dollar opportunity: Repurposing agricultural support to transform food systems, was launched on Tuesday by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Development Program (UNDP) and the UN Environment Program (UNEP).

15 September 2021

Animal farming accounts for twice as many greenhouse gas emissions as plants grown for consumption, according to a study published Mon that mapped agricultural activities worldwide.

15 September 2021

Producing enough food for a growing world population is an urgent global challenge. And it’s complicated by the fact that climate change is warming the Earth and making farming harder in many places.

15 September 2021

Across the world, a dearth of workers is shaking up food supply chains. In Vietnam, the army is assisting with the rice harvest. In the U.K., farmers are dumping milk because there are no truckers to collect it. Brazil’s robusta coffee beans took 120 days to reap this year, rather than the usual 90. And American meatpackers are trying to lure new employees with Apple Watches while fast-food chains raise the prices of burgers and burritos.

15 September 2021

Rice can serve as an affordable, nutrient-dense addition to any meal. And because it comes in so many different varieties, like white, brown, black, bamboo green, and even pink rice, it can be difficult to know which is the healthiest for us to choose.

15 September 2021

Without immediate action to combat climate change, rising sea levels, water scarcity and declining crop productivity could force 216 million people to migrate within their own countries by 2050, the World Bank said in a new report on Mon.

15 September 2021

Corteva Agriscience’ s preventive care solutions control damage, increase rice yield and contribute to healthier, more nutritious food supply

14 September 2021

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has raised forecast for global wheat and rice supplies in the marketing year of 2021-2022.

14 September 2021

Climate change in this century will allow one of the world's costliest agricultural pests, the diamondback moth, to both thrive year-round and rapidly evolve resistance to pesticides in large parts of the United States, Europe and China where it previously died each winter, according to a study by U.S. and Chinese researchers.

16 September 2021

Fears surrounding a lack of supply are now trumping the fears surrounding a lack of demand as the industry seeks a delicate balance between the two.  The oil market sentiment has shifted. Fears surrounding a lack of supply are now trumping the fears surrounding a lack of demand as the industry seeks a delicate balance between the two.

16 September 2021

The dollar weakened against major currencies on Wed after softer-than-expected U.S. inflation data released on Tue eased short-term expectations about tapering of asset purchases from the Federal Reserve.  The dollar index last stood at 92.441, down about 0.3% on the day from Tue, when it dropped following the inflation data but then recovered on haven demand as stocks slid on Wall Street.

15 September 2021

China locked down a city of 4.5 million people in the southeastern province of Fujian after detecting a dozen coronavirus cases, an attempt to once again halt a delta outbreak and maintain its strict zero-tolerance approach to Covid-19.

15 September 2021

Global crude inventories that ballooned during the pandemic have shrunk to the lowest level in 20 months as an economic rebound in top consumers China and the U.S. drive a robust recovery in fuel demand. 

15 September 2021

The world will have to wait until Oct for additional oil supplies as output losses from Hurricane Ida wipe out increases from OPEC+, the International Energy Agency said.

15 September 2021

The El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is currently neutral. However, strengthening model outlooks and recent cooling in the tropical Pacific Ocean has raised the chance of La Niña forming in 2021. Consequently, the Bureau has lifted its ENSO Outlook status to La Niña WATCH, meaning around a 50% chance of La Niña forming. This is approximately double the normal likelihood.

15 September 2021

On Thu, climate and weather experts will discuss key findings from NOAA's U.S. and global climate analyses for August, the latest El Niño/La Niña update, and the U.S. seasonal outlooks for temperature, precipitation and drought for the next three months.

15 September 2021

Nicholas' strong winds knocked out power to hundreds of thousands across Texas as the storm pushed its way inland, toppling trees and power lines and leaving streets flooded in its path.

15 September 2021

Iraq cut the price of its banner crude for U.S. customers sharply, a bold deviation from what Saudi Arabia chose to do with its own barrels just a few days ago.

14 September 2021

Tropical storm Nicholas strengthened into a hurricane late on Monday, and is set to batter the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana with rising seawater and rains that could cause widespread and life-threatening flooding.

Executive Summary

13 September 2021

The main highlights this week came from the political scene as the Guinea Coup highlighted the political risk aspect of the rice trade, with this destination key to Indian and Pak exports. In a coup that saw Guinea’s President Alpha Conde removed by forced led by Lieutenant Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, the latest saw the move led to Guinea’s suspension from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) as the group also sought the release of Conde and a return to constitutional order in what looks like an embattled Guinea. Sanctions, political change, and business uncertainty as just some possibilities ahead.

Thought of the week

13 September 2021
Hope ...

"A very small degree of hope is sufficient to cause the birth of love.” 

-- Stendhal --