China’s purchases of U.S. rice may involve packaged products initially

Food safety issues may influence initial makeup of U.S. rice sales to China, expert says.

U.S. rice producers and other industry leaders have been speculating for years about how much U.S. rice China would buy if its market was ever opened to them.

Now that that has happened, the industry is hoping to ship at least 50,000 tons at the beginning and build on those numbers as U.S. exporters build relationships with Chinese importers.

Bob Cummings, chief operating officer at USA Rice, talked about the mechanics of those sales in a presentation at the Horizon Ag Field Day in Jonesboro, Ark.

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