Volume 18, Issue 43
November 5, 2021
In This Issue:
  • Market Update: U.S. Milled Rice Looking for Market
  • El Salvador Campaign Gains Positive Results
  • 2021 Farm Service Agency County Committee Elections Underway
Market Update: U.S. Milled Rice Looking for Market
It would be fair to say that harvest is finally over across the country. The very minor few are fighting the weather as they finish. To summarize the results of harvest, we would say the crop is off closer to 20% when compared to the 15% that was expected. Field yields were excellent, but milling yields were off. The paddy market is dominating the long grain scene, as milled rice is struggling to find footing after the Iraq business. The unknown at this point is the reality of milling yields are a broad basis. To date, they are coming in lower than anticipated and if that holds up it will require much more paddy to get the whole grains needed for packaging.

In a bright spot for the U.S. rice industry, the 25% retaliatory duty on U.S. rice was removed by the EU this week. Among other items, this victory for U.S. trade includes milled and broken rice. Recall these tariffs were set in place as a response to the tariffs the Trump administration placed on European steel and aluminum to protect American jobs and industry. The removal of this 25% tariff is a good sign that U.S. rice will be competitive again in the European market, and this comes at a time when milled rice exports are needed for the U.S. industry. The situation in Haiti continues to crumble, and fresh Iraq business is a long way off. The industry looks forward to renewed business with the EU in the coming weeks and months.
Rice farmer members of the South Louisiana Rail Facility from Louisiana and Texas are loading 30,000 tons of paddy rice destined for Honduras aboard the vessel Drawno this week in the Port of Lake Charles. The 58/71 milling yield gives buyers an important purchase incentive from the SLRF group. This shipment is expected to depart next week.
This week in Brazil, Planeta Arroz reported the sale of 25,000 tons of Brazilian paddy to Mexico indicating this is the first of a total of 75,000 tons. The slow market conditions and lack of sales to key regular markets have affected each of the four Mercosur countries’ exports in addition to the currency exchange rate that favors exports. Don’t forget that Mexico has a duty-free quota until December 31 of approximately 50,000 tons remaining. Most important for any mill is the cost of their raw material (rough rice) delivered to their front door. Any improvement in grain and cooking quality is icing on the cake.
In Asia, the market has gone markedly quiet in Thailand, despite prices that remain $50 pmt below Vietnam, now at $385 pmt. With a price differential of this magnitude for as long as it has been there, it’s expected that China, the Philippines, and West Africa would jump at the chance for Thai bookings. Perhaps it is COVID and/or the known port issues, but sales are slow to materialize at the moment. In Vietnam, it is much the same. Prices remain higher at $425-$430 pmt and port loadings are slower due to labor shortages. India is the exact opposite, in terms of the port at least, as they continue to race ahead with record exports to liquidate its third record rice crop. Prices are steady between $350-$355 pmt this week here as well.

The FAO All Rice Price Index averaged 99.9 points in October, down almost 8% from last year, but up only 1.2% from September. We have been reporting the prices for rice out of the primary exporting regions have been relatively stable for the past several months at these lower prices, and this is corroborated by this month’s report. It has been noted in the FAO report that lower milling yields out of the United States is propping up prices a bit.

The weekly USDA Export Sales report shows net sales of 29,800 MT, which is up 19% from the previous week, but down 44% from the 4-week average. Increases were primarily for Japan (13,000 MT), Guatemala (10,200 MT), Canada (1,700 MT), Mexico (1,500 MT), and Honduras (1,300 MT). Exports of 50,200 MT were down 20% from the previous week, and 4% from the prior 4-week average. The destinations were primarily to Honduras (21,800 MT), Japan (13,000 MT), Mexico (9,200 MT), Canada (2,200 MT), and Jordan (2,100 MT).

In the futures market, the average daily volume dropped almost 30% down to 1,008. The Open interest jumped 7.90%, up to 8,485. The lows were tested this week but bounced back some. Despite the bounce, futures were still down on the week as the market is looking for more milled long grain business.
El Salvador Campaign Gains Positive Results
The digital campaign, Eat Healthy, Use Rice, Nutrition Guaranteed, has seen positive results. The campaign aims to increase interaction with our target market through Facebook and Instagram, using not only the official ArrozYSalud account (translating to Rice and Health), but also leveraging the social media accounts of our two influencers.

The followers of both accounts have commented on posts and stories and have submitted photos with their rice dishes prepared from the recipes provided.

Last Saturday, Chef Juan Miguel Salomón cooked delicious American white rice with garlic butter, clams, and white wine with the Salvadoran painter, Rafael Figueroa. Both had a very pleasant conversation and taught their followers how to make this recipe.

Additionally, campaign nutritionist, Rodrigo Valdivieso, took the opportunity to instruct the audience to include rice in their daily diet. Valdivieso prepared rice balls mixed with cheese, tuna, and vegetables. In his posts, he educates the audience about all the nutrition facts of each recipe.
2021 Farm Service Agency County Committee Elections Underway
The week of Nov. 1, 2021, The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) began mailing ballots for the Farm Service Agency (FSA) county and urban county committee elections to all eligible agricultural producers and private landowners across the country. Elections are occurring in certain Local Administrative Areas (LAA) for these committee members who make important decisions about how federal farm programs are administered locally. To be counted, producers and landowners must return ballots to their local FSA county office or be postmarked by Dec. 6, 2021.

Producers must participate or cooperate in an FSA program to be eligible to vote in the county committee election. A cooperating producer is someone who has provided information about their farming or ranching operation but may not have applied or received FSA program benefits. Also, for County Committee elections, producers who are not of legal voting age, but supervise and conduct the farming operations of an entire farm, are eligible to vote. 
Producers can find out if their LAA is up for election and if they are eligible to vote by contacting their local FSA county office. Eligible voters who do not receive a ballot in the mail can request one from their local FSA county office. To find your local USDA Service Center, visit farmers.gov/service-locator. Visit fsa.usda.gov/elections for more information.

About Committees
Each committee has from three to 11 elected members who serve three-year terms of office, and at least one seat representing an LAA is up for election each year. Newly elected committee members will take office on January 1, 2022.

Urban and Suburban County Committees
Urban committee members are also up for election beginning Nov. 1 to serve local urban producers in the same jurisdiction. A fact sheet on the urban county committee election and a list of eligible cities can be found at fsa.usda.gov/elections.
USDA Provides $1.8 Billion to Offset Market Fluctuations
Farmers Can Now Make Elections, Enroll in Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage Programs
Ray Stoesser Memorial Scholarship
In partnership with the US Rice Producers Association, the Stoesser family is offering a $5,000 scholarship to one deserving high school senior or current college student who is interested in or is currently pursuing a career in an agriculture-related field. 
Cornerstone Trade Update
Food & Ag
Regulatory & Policy Roundup 
India’s forecast rice production in MY 2021/2022 production is revised lower to 124 MMT due to unseasonal rains in October at the time of harvest, affecting yield prospects.
This report is an October 2021 update to the FAS Seoul Grain and Feed Annual released on March 31 and the Grain and Feed Update from June 27.
This report provides trade data on Vietnam's monthly rice exports by grade and destination and weekly export quotes for rice by grade.
Rice export prices of all grades of rice remained unchanged as the strengthening Thai baht was offset by reduced domestic rice prices.
New High-Amylose Clearfield Variety Joins Other Top Performers in 2022
H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station
Volume 18, Issue 4
The FAO Rice Price Update provides monthly rice export prices from major origins and is released monthly.
Upcoming Events
Nov. 18 & 19, 2021
49th Missouri Governor's Conference on Agriculture: Tan-Tar-A Conference Center, Osage Beach, MO
Mar. 4, 2022
34th Annual Arkansas Agricultural Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon: Embassy Suites, Little Rock, Arkansas – event details and tickets (RESCHEDULED)

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