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U.S. Rice Deliveries to Mexico Surge in 2017 - Both Paddy and Milled Rice Show Significant Gains 

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO -- According to official Mexican government data, total U.S. rice deliveries (non-converted) to Mexico were up a staggering 31.4 percent in the first two-months of 2017 compared with the same period the previous year.  That's 148,016 MT, and of significant note, milled rice exports nearly tripled - to 22,478 metric tons, nearly half of total milled exports in all of 2016.

Paddy arrivals were up 25 percent as local milling demand increased, not only for local consumption but also due to additional Mexican milled rice export sales to Venezuela.

U.S. milled rice shipments were up 183 percent and market share up to 63.3 percent, compared with a market share of just 22.4 percent in the same period in 2016.

Total Mexican rice imports were up 17.1 percent in this period, and the U.S. total market share for all types of rice reached 93.1 percent, the best since 2013.

"Two months do not a trend make, but it's very good news," said USA Rice Vice President International Hugh Maginnis.  "USA Rice continues our aggressive promotion programs in this key market and the U.S. rice industry is very grateful for Mexico's continued loyalty as our number one export customer.  Mexico is a valued trading partner, and we are heartened that our southern neighbors continue to place their trust in the quality and reliability that U.S. rice exporters provide."

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Latest Issue of Whole Grain Highlights Industry Record on Sustainability 

ARLINGTON, VA -- Check your mailbox for the Whole Grain, USA Rice's newspaper, as the latest issue is off the presses and on its way to readers throughout the six rice producing states and Washington, DC.

"I'm thrilled this issue of the Whole Grain is dedicated to the conservation record of the U.S. rice industry and our overall sustainability," says Jennifer James, an Arkansas rice farmer and chair of the USA Rice Sustainability Committee, who is interviewed for this issue's cover story.  "We have plenty to be proud of, and on these pages you'll read a lot about where we've been and where we're going."

There are stories on two Regional Conservation Partnership Program projects that received $15 million funding, an overview of the conservation programs up for discussion in the next Farm Bill, a report on end-users and their footprint within the U.S. food supply, and the complete transcript of former NRCS Chief Jason Wellers' farewell speech to the industry at the recent USA Rice Outlook Conference.

It's not all about sustainability as there's also a report from the Rice Leadership International Class trip to Great Britain and Spain, all the news from this year's Government Affairs Conference, a financial update from USA Rice CFO Linda Sieh, and more.

If you do not receive the Whole Grain in your mailbox, or you'd like additional copies to distribute to friends, neighbors, and colleagues, or you would like to advertise in future issues, contact Deborah Willenborg.
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ZANU-PF has embarked on a massive campaign - involving coercion, intimidation and vote buying - to influence the results of the 2018 general elections under the guise of a nationwide membership verification exercise.

The carrot-and-stick approach has seen Zanu-PF teams embarking on door-to-door campaigns in the party's strongholds in rural and farming areas, recording the identification particulars and other biometric details of adults in the areas.

The teams are taking passport size pictures as well as the fingerprints of party supporters and those coerced into joining the party.

"After registering, the members are given an electronic card as a membership card which can be scanned to reflect the complete bio-data of the owner. The teams are also working with village heads to form structures from cell level," an official said.

Zanu-PF political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere confirmed Zanu-PF was on a recruitment drive, which also involves the capturing of biographical data. He, however, denied Zanu-PF teams were intimidating people.

"We rolled out our membership drive in 2014 and we are doing digital data capturing. No one is intimidating people as you are saying. As Zanu-PF we want our members to have identification cards and we have put in place mechanisms which help them get those IDs," he said.

The teams are also flushing out those without identification particulars, issuing them ultimatums to get the ID particulars to enable them to register for voting.

In some instances, Zanu-PF officials are assisting villagers to get the identification documents which will enable them to register.

"In farming areas, the teams are reminding people who were allocated land during the land reform programme that Zanu-PF did them a favour. They are also telling land owners that they have a responsibility to ensure that everyone on their farms, be it relatives or workers, should vote for Zanu-PF," an official said.

"Those found on farms without identification particulars are being given ultimatums to get particulars or risk being kicked out of farming areas. This has happened in several areas such as Chegutu, Selous and Beatrice among other areas."

A party official told the Zimbabwe Independent that through this exercise Zanu-PF was hoping to register at least three million voters which "will guarantee a landslide victory" in next year's polls.

The official said the party was alive to the likelihood of facing a united opposition, hence the need for a massive recruitment and intimidation drive among other dirty tactics.

"If Zanu-PF can pool three million members in its database then the election is already won. This is what will happen. It does not matter whether there is an opposition coalition or not," an official said.

In the 2013 elections, Zimbabwe had 6,5 million registered voters, but only about 50% of them voted.

In that poll, only 3 480 047 registered voters cast their ballots. President Robert Mugabe polled 2 110 434 (61,09%) while the opposition MDC-T's Morgan Tsvangirai had 1 172 349 votes (34,94%).

Zanu-PF officials also revealed the party was planning to use its influence to reduce the number of parliamentary seats in urban areas and other opposition strongholds to limit the number of opposition legislators.

"The mapping process is being done and it is possible that some urban constituencies will be joined with rural ones to dilute the urban votes.

"A good example is the Mazowe South constituency, which may include peri-urban suburbs such as Mount Pleasant Heights, part of Marlborough and the Defence College area," an official said.

As part of its campaign strategy, Zanu-PF has also resorted to vote-buying by distributing maize and rice countrywide. The party is sourcing the rice from China as food aid. However, the food is only being given to Zanu-PF party members and not the opposition.

Public Service and Social Welfare minister Prisca Mupfumira is allocating rice to provincial affairs ministers who then parcel it out to Zanu-PF legislators in their provinces to distribute, shutting out the opposition.
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Mexico sets zero tariff for rice imports

Mexico recently introduced a zero tariff for 150,000 tonnes of imported long-grain white rice from March 2 to Dec 31 this year, as its government seeks to lower the country's food costs and meet higher demand. 
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Talks held to boost rice exports

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A seven-member delegation led by private sector specialist Jose Ricardo Silva of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and other rice traders met a Burmese team led by Ye Min Aung and Nay Lin Zin, the joint MRF general secretaries, at the MRF offices.

Between last April and March 20, nearly 1.5 million tonnes of rice were exported.

The MRF is cooperating with the World Bank and the IFC on marketing and promotion. They will coordinate over the holding of the first-ever TRT Rice Conference on April 28.

Toe Aung Myint, a permanent secretary of the Ministry of Commerce, said: “In the past, about 80 per cent of rice exports relied on border trade routes. Now about 40 per cent is exported by sea.

“Before 2003, the government monopolised rice exports. The country exported about 1 million tonnes of rice in 1995 which did not change until 2002,” he added.

In 2011, the government allowed entrepreneurs to export rice through the borders. At the time, rice exports by sea amounted to about 80 per cent of the total while the border trade routes accounted for 16 per cent. In 2015-16, rice exports by sea routes were about 21 per cent with the rest going by land

http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/business/8432 RiceBran Technologies' (RIBT) CEO Robert Smith on Q4 2016 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

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Good day, ladies and gentlemen and thank you for standing by. Welcome to the RiceBran Technologies’ 2016 Full Year Financial Results Conference Call. [Operator Instructions] As a reminder, this conference is being recorded. I would now like to introduce our host, Mr. Fred Sommer of Ascendant Partners. Please go ahead, Mr. Sommer.
Fred Sommer
Thank you, operator. Good afternoon listeners. Welcome to the RiceBran Technologies’ full year 2016 financial results conference call. With us today are Dr. Robert Smith, Chief Executive Officer and President of RiceBran Technologies; Brent Rystrom, Chief Financial Officer; and Michael Goose, President of Ingredient Sales & Marketing.
Before I turn the call over to Robert, I want to remind listeners that during the call management’s prepared remarks may contain forward-looking statements that are subject to risk and uncertainties. Management may make additional forward-looking statements in your response to your question today.
Therefore, the company claims protection under the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ from the results discussed today and therefore we refer you to a more detailed discussion of these risks and uncertainties in the company’s filings with the SEC.
In addition, any projections as to the company’s future performance represented by management include estimates as of today, March 23, 2017, and the company assumes no obligation to update these projections in the future as market conditions change. This webcast and certain financial information provided in this call, including reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures as comparable to GAAP financial measures are available at www.ricebrantech.com on the Investor Relations page.
At this time, I would like to turn the call over to Dr. Robert Smith, CEO and President of RiceBran Technologies. Dr. Smith, please go ahead.
Robert Smith
Thanks Fred and thanks to our listeners for joining us today. 2016 was a year of great change and challenges at RiceBran Technologies that help set the stage for achieving a number of important goals, including our ultimate goal of generating substantial shareholder value. As many of you are aware, the second half of 2016 brought about significant changes in our company, beginning with a reconstitution of the Board of Directors, the addition of Michael Goose to head of our Ingredient Sales efforts and my being named CEO.
And with the recent addition of Brent Rystrom as our new CFO, our team now brings together a wealth of industry and operational experience. Management is working hard to implement a comprehensive strategic plan designed to significantly reduce cost, while capitalizing on the vast market opportunities for our proprietary ingredients.
Our company is technology rich and has extensive experience in transforming a marginal value byproduct of the rice milling into high value nutritional ingredients for the food and feed markets. Our products meet increasing consumer demands for minimally processed sustainable, nutritious, and clean label ingredients and have the additional benefits of providing specific functionalities for various food applications.
I will briefly highlight some important accomplishments that have taken place towards the end of last year and early 2017 that I believe will have a positive impact on our future performance. First, we implement that a series of stream-lining initiatives, including the employee headcount reductions and supply chain adjustments, to remove unnecessary cost and improve operational efficiencies.
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The Duquesne coaching search is (still) the hottest of hot messes

So far no one remotely wants this job.
NCAABy Jesse Kramer on March 23, 2017
Nobody wants to coach Duquesne.
The position has been vacant for 10 days with several possible names getting thrown around. It looked like the Dukes might’ve finally had their answer Thursday morning. Gary Parrish of CBS Sports reported that Michigan State assistant Dane Fife, a hot name on the coaching carousel for the last few years, was showing significant interest in the job.
Michigan State assistant Dane Fife is in advanced talks to replace Jim Ferry at Duquesne, a source told @CBSSports.
— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) March 23, 2017
An hour later, Fife had already backed out.
UPDATE: Dane Fife has ended discussions with Duquesne. Is no longer pursuing the job, a source told @CBSSports. https://t.co/yVjRAuPifp
— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) March 23, 2017
And that wasn’t even the first time today someone turned down Duquesne! Earlier Thursday morning, Vermont coach John Becker told ESPN’s Andy Katz he’s staying put in Burlington after giving the open job a look.
Vermont coach John Becker told ESPN that he is staying with the Catamounts after looking at the vacant Duquesne… https://t.co/n1hnuWoHqg
— Andy Katz (@ESPNAndyKatz) March 23, 2017
Duquesne hasn’t won 20-plus games since 2008-09. It hasn’t reached the NCAA Tournament since 1976-77. It’s last NCAA Tournament win came in 1969.
The program’s only big highlight of the past season was beating rival Pittsburgh, which didn’t even have a winning record this year, for the first time since 2000.
Ron Everhart, the only coach to find any moderate form of success there in the last 20 years, was let go despite producing four winning seasons, which is more in his six years than all other Duquesne coaches have combined since 1980.
Everhart, now an assistant at West Virginia, spoke to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about his firing ahead of Thursday’s Sweet 16.
“The more time moves on,” he said, “the more difficult it is to get my head around it.”
Becker has a good thing going at Vermont. He’s won at least 20 games in all six of his seasons there, including a 29-win year and perfect America East record this season.
Still, the America East is a bottom 10 league and the Atlantic 10 is a top 10 league.
Still, Becker said no.
Previously, Adam Zagoria reported the job was Monmouth coach King Rice’s to lose. You’d think someone who’s won 55 games over the last two seasons but missed the NCAA Tournament both times largely because of playing in a weak league like the MAAC might find some intrigue in moving to a stronger conference.
Rice then denied any involvement in the coaching search.
Considering how the coach who Duquesne canned last week, Jim Ferry, built LIU Brooklyn into an NEC powerhouse and then won less than 40 percent of his games with the Dukes, Becker and Rice are likely making the smart decision.
The other name that interests Duquesne is former Rutgers coach Mike Rice, according to Zagoria. This Rice, unrelated to King, lost the Rutgers gig in 2013 after ESPN’s Outside The Lines showed video of him abusing his players in practice with everything from hurling basketballs at their heads to using homophobic slurs.
Mike Rice had great success at Robert Morris. He’s also the son of former Dukes coach Mike Rice Sr., who won two conference titles in the early 1980s. But going in that direction with this hire would undeniably bring plenty of controversy.
That’s what this job search has dwindled to. Assistant coaches don’t want Duquesne as their first job. Hot mid-major coaches don’t see the position as worthy of leaving a secure job in a worse conference.
And now Duquesne can choose between a man who abused his players or some other option from the bottom of their list. And who even knows if that person would finally be the one to say yes.
Update, March 24 (12:28 ET): Ball State coach James Whitford released a statement that he has also turned down the Duquesne gig. It didn’t help Duquesne’s image that ESPN “inadvertently published” a story saying the school had hired Whitford.
Ball State has not been to the NCAA Tournament since 2000. Whitford’s base salary is under $300,000 while Duquesne paid its previous coach $600,000. But he still does not want to coach the Dukes.
On top of that, Duquesne lost a pair of promising young players. Freshman guard and leading scorer Mike Lewis II announced his decision to transfer on Friday. On Saturday, Rivals’ Corey Evans reportedsophomore forward Nakye Sanders will transfer as well.
After much Prayer and thought with myself and my family I have asked Duquesne University for permission to contact other schools πŸ™πŸΎπŸ˜•πŸŽ±
— Mike Lewis II (@MrEightball_) March 24, 2017
Moving on down the list, Duquesne has set it sights on Akron coach Keith Dambrot, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein. Dambrot has won four of the last six MAC regular season titles. He’d be a great get for Duquesne — if they can actually get him.

About Jesse Kramer

Jesse is a senior at Northwestern University studying journalism. He has previously worked for SI.com and runs The Catch and Shoot, a college basketball website based in Chicago. If he's not watching sports, he's probably listening to and/or making music. Follow Jesse on Twitter @Jesse_Kramer.
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President Pakistan Businessmen and Intellectuals Forum (PBIF), President AKIA, Senior Vice Chairman of the Businessmen Panel of FPCCI and former provincial minister Mian Zahid Hussain on Wednesday said food trade gap is widening which will surpass two billion dollars by the end of this fiscal.
Pakistan recorded a surplus of $570 million in 2013 and surplus of $ 380 million in 2014 but situation changed in 2015 when a deficit of 470 million was recorded which jumped to 1.39 billion in 2016, he said. Mian Zahid Hussain said that increasing food trade deficit can be contributed to economic growth, better buying power, increasing population, reduced performance by food sector, better profit in imports as compare to exports etc.
He said that country is importing raw, semi-finished and finished foods goods in large quantities while India and China have emerged as favourite destinations for import of fruit and vegetables. The business leader said that import of tomato from India worth three billion rupees was more than total food imports from China dominate by rice and maize.
Mian Zahid Hussain said that the number of Chinese nationals would continue to surge because of the economic corridor which will also boost import of food items from China. He noted that export of rice has been increased by ten percent in volume but earning have been reduced by 8.6 percent which suggests that Indians are importing Pakistani rice and selling it under their own brand names.
Policymakers should take note of the situation because rice accounts for 45 percent of country’s total food exports. He said that we are exporting meat to six Islamic countries which must be diversified.
President Pakistan Businessmen and Intellectuals Forum (PBIF), President AKIA, Senior Vice Chairman of the Businessmen Panel of FPCCI and former provincial minister Mian Zahid Hussain on Wednesday said food trade gap is widening which will surpass two billion dollars by the end of this fiscal.
Pakistan recorded a surplus of $570 million in 2013 and surplus of $ 380 million in 2014 but situation changed in 2015 when a deficit of 470 million was recorded which jumped to 1.39 billion in 2016, he said. Mian Zahid Hussain said that increasing food trade deficit can be contributed to economic growth, better buying power, increasing population, reduced performance by food sector, better profit in imports as compare to exports etc.
He said that country is importing raw, semi-finished and finished foods goods in large quantities while India and China have emerged as favourite destinations for import of fruit and vegetables. The business leader said that import of tomato from India worth three billion rupees was more than total food imports from China dominate by rice and maize.
Mian Zahid Hussain said that the number of Chinese nationals would continue to surge because of the economic corridor which will also boost import of food items from China. He noted that export of rice has been increased by ten percent in volume but earning have been reduced by 8.6 percent which suggests that Indians are importing Pakistani rice and selling it under their own brand names.
Policymakers should take note of the situation because rice accounts for 45 percent of country’s total food exports. He said that we are exporting meat to six Islamic countries which must be diversified.

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Dr. Julie Weathers Named Southeast Department of Agriculture Chair

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Description: Julie Weathers - Associate Professor - AgricultureDr. Julie Weathers, associate professor of agriculture at Southeast Missouri State University, has been named chair of the University’s Department of Agriculture, making her the first woman to hold this post and one of the few female agriculture department chairs in Missouri.
She replaces Dr. Mike Aide who stepped down as chair of the department effective March 17.
Weathers is in her sixth year in the Department of Agriculture, where she has served as the animal scientist, teaching coursework focused on cattle, hogs and sheep. Her leadership roles have included working with the beef herd and providing outreach to the beef producers of southeast Missouri. She recently was awarded membership in Missouri’s Agriculture Leaders of Tomorrow. Weathers comes by the profession naturally as the daughter of an agricultural sciences teacher in a lineage of educators and having been raised on a small, family farm in Texas.
She holds doctoral and master’s degrees in animal science with a focus on reproductive physiology, both from Texas Tech University. She holds a Bachelor of Science in animal science with honors from Texas Tech University, where she also served as a teaching assistant and research assistant.
She came to Southeast in 2010 as an assistant professor, where her research has focused on cattle reproduction and genetics, and improving minority success in agribusiness leadership. She says Southeast’s agriculture program has grown tremendously in the past few years, not just in animal science but agribusiness in general. Agriculture students can pursue agribusiness options in animal science, horticulture, plant and soil science, and agriculture industry. Students also can major in agricultural education and pre-veterinary medicine.
“Agribusiness is a growing field, and it’s becoming more technologically advanced,” she said. “It’s becoming more science minded because you really have to think through the decisions you’re making. It’s no longer just, ‘oh we own a couple of cows and farm a couple of acres.’ That’s not an option if you want to make a living anymore.”
Southeast has expanded its agricultural facilities with the David M. Barton Agriculture Research Center in Gordonville, Missouri; the Charles Hutson Greenhouse and the Charles Nemanick Alternative Agriculture Garden on the main campus; the Horticulture Incubator Lab at Kennett, Missouri; the Rice Research Farm at Malden, Missouri; and the Sikeston Irrigation Canal.
Aide served as chair of the Department of Agriculture for more than 10 years. During his tenure as chair, Aide worked diligently developing and growing the Department of Agriculture.  Under his leadership, the number of majors in the department more than doubled, and he was responsible for offering the Bachelor of Science in agribusiness at the regional campuses in Kennett, Malden and Sikeston, Missouri. While he was chair, he hired several new faculty who are innovative and student-centered.  He also has been a tireless fund raiser and grant writer, improving the David M. Barton Agriculture Research Center and the new rice research greenhouse in Malden

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STUTTGART — The faculty and staff at the Rice Research and Extension Center announced the promotion of six colleagues, according to Nathan McKinney, interim director of the center for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.


The following have been promoted: Debra Ahrent-Wisdom, foundation seed and aromatic rice breeding, to program associate III; Jill Bulloch, medium grain rice breeding, to program associate II; Tony Beaty, medium grain rice breeding, program associate II; Chris Henry, PhD, irrigation engineer, to associate professor; Sammy Sadaka, PhD, extension engineer, to associate professor; and Yeshi Wamishe, PhD, plant pathologist, to associate professor.

"We have talented people dedicated to improving all aspects of rice production. These individuals represent our efforts to offer improved rice varieties and the best management practices for Arkansas farmers and Arkansas conditions," McKinney said. "I am grateful for the opportunity to recognize their dedication and accomplishments."


"These promotions reflect the high quality of work being done by the faculty and staff we have at this high-profile station," said Mark Cochran, vice president-agriculture, for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. "These individuals play a key role in helping Arkansas maintain its position as the nation's top state for rice production."
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The Rice Research and Extension Center is operated by the Division of Agriculture, which oversees the Cooperative Extension Service and the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station. The center houses staff from the Arkansas County Extension Office and is home to the Foundation Seed Facility. Details: 870-673-2661.


The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without discrimination

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