Volume 18, Issue 48

December 10, 2021

In This Issue:

  • USDA Supply/Demand Report Brings No Surprises
  • USRPA Board Meeting Addresses Strategic Growth
  • Washington, D.C. Update: Debt Ceiling
  • North Africa Digital Campaign Update

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USDA Supply/Demand Report Brings No Surprises

This week, the USDA released the December WASDE report which contained only minor revisions for both U.S. long-grain and medium & short-grain. The USDA didn’t make any notable changes to the 2020/21 balance sheet in this report but rather focused on the 2021/22 crop. Long-grain imports were revised downward, while export and domestic demand was left steady from the November report. Ultimately, the 2021/22 long-grain carryout was lowered by 1 million cwts, entirely the result of lower imports. Season average farm prices improved, but only slightly, up $0.10 per cwt to $13.10.  


Medium & short-grain imports were also lowered this month, but that was more than offset by lower export use which is attributed to higher prices and less supply. The domestic use, as per the norm, appears more resilient against the current market conditions and is even expected to exceed last year’s demand. Ending stocks were assessed up 500,000 cwts, and while California’s price projections are unchanged from last month, southern medium-grain was lowered $0.30 per cwt to $13.70 per cwt.   


On the ground, there is little to report in the way of cash trade activity. With tax implications prohibiting some from selling, and the normal holiday slow-down inhibiting others, a more mellow pace is normal for this time of year. However, the market is abuzz with what next year’s acreage numbers will look like as a result of the soaring fertilizer costs and the potential for growers to plant more corn and beans. The expectation is that the largest reduction will come for Arkansas and that Louisiana will remain close to the same as this year. Mississippi and Texas are still up in the air, and California acreage on the West coast is completely contingent on precipitation and the ensuing water policy.

In Asia, prices remain relatively constant. Thai rice remains around $385pmt, Viet at $405pmt, and Indian down at $355. It is notable that Viet prices have dropped in recent weeks to come more in line with Thai prices, while Indian rice has held steady along with their record-breaking export pace.

The weekly Export Sales Report shows net sales of 48,800 MT, which is up 51% from last week, but down 22% from the prior 4-week average. Increases were primarily for Honduras (18,500 MT), Guatemala (13,100 MT), Jordan (4,100 MT), Taiwan (3,000 MT), and Canada (2,400 MT).

Exports of 60,100 MT were down 42% from the previous week and 21% from the prior 4-week average. The destinations were primarily to Guatemala (14,400 MT), Japan (13,000 MT), El Salvador (12,400 MT), Haiti (12,400 MT), and Canada (2,600 MT).

Futures have been taking a hit since Thanksgiving, with the low registering this week at $13.79. This could be on account of the cash market being slow, the typical slow-down this time of year, or simply the difficulty in the logistics sector. Average Daily Volume is 815, down 5%, and Open Interest is at 8,444, holding even with last week.

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USRPA Board Meeting Addresses Strategic Growth

The US Rice Producers Association Board of Directors held its winter board meeting earlier this week in San Antonio, Texas, primarily focused on strategic planning for 2022 and beyond. Board members also heard trade and legislative updates from the Cornerstone Government Affairs team learned about the positive results of recent USRPA marketing campaigns in Mexico and Central America and met with Foreign Agricultural Service representatives regarding 2022 MAP funding.

Thank you to all our dedicated board members who represent and advocate for their fellow rice producers across the country.

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Front Row: Eric Hover (MO), Alex Clark (MO), Dustin Watkins (LA), Gary Murphy (MO), Dwight Roberts (USRPA); Back Row: Coleman Franz (TX), Justin Landers (MO), Chris Berry (MO), Neal Stoesser (TX), Galen Franz (TX), Dennis DeLaughter (TX), Will Reneau (TX), and Tommy Turner (TX).

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Left to right: Dustin Watkins, Louisiana rice farmer and USRPA Secretary/Tresurer, Neal Stoesser, Texas rice farmer and USRPA Vice Chairman, Alex Clark, Missouri rice farmer and USRPA Chairman.

Washington, D.C. Update: Debt Ceiling

The House and Senate passed legislation to suspend additional cuts to mandatory programs and initiate the process of raising the debt ceiling. The bill delays any additional sequestration cuts to Medicare, farm programs, and other mandatory spending programs and limits Senate debate on a separate debt ceiling increase bill, bypassing the legislative filibuster rules.

Congress will need another bill that would increase the debt limit to ensure the federal government doesn’t exceed its statutory borrowing limit and default. Congress is expected to swiftly draft and pass this legislation ahead of the December 15 deadline set by the Treasury Department.

North Africa Digital Campaign Update

The month of November showed significant growth for USRPA's Facebook page in our North African Market, RizAmerican. The page gained a total of 1,300 new followers (a growth of 39.3%), with total followers now reaching 4,800. Facebook likes, comments and interaction rates also show positive growth. More than 650,000 impressions were made in just one month, the majority of the audience being females from Tunisia.

Our Moroccan-based influencer @MouniaSenhaji posted a series of stories talking about U.S. rice and prepared a healthy rice salad for her fans in North Africa. She tagged USRPA on Facebook, which also helps to increase awareness and achieve a higher reach, connecting both channels. The stories reached an average of 17,000 accounts per story.

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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.

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Grain: World Markets and Trade

This monthly report includes data on U.S. and global trade, production, consumption and stocks, as well as analysis of developments affecting world trade in grains. Covers wheat, rice and coarse grains (corn, barley, sorghum, oats and rye).

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Honduras: Exporter Guide

U.S. exporters enjoy a strong position in the Honduran market, thanks to the CAFTA-DR agreement. More than 95% of U.S. industrial & commercial goods can enter duty free, remaining tariffs to be phased out by 2025. A proximity to the U.S. and low logistical costs positions Honduras as a distribution point for Central America. The top U.S. ag exports to Honduras are: corn, soybean meal, pork and pork products, wheat, and rice.

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Food and Agriculture

Regulatory and

Policy Roundup

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Trade Update

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Weekly Export Sales

This report is based on individual reports submitted by private exporters and identifies outstanding sales and accumulated exports of selected U.S. agricultural commodities. The report is published weekly, normally on Thursday morning at 8:30 A.M.

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