The U.S. rice industry has made no secret of their feelings on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. As far as rice industry members are concerned, the trade agreement seemingly has something for everyone – except Southern rice.
Bill Reed, vice president for corporate communications and public affairs at Riceland Foods, says TPP could actually reduce sales of rice from the Mid-South because of increased access to the Mexican market for Southeast Asian countries, primarily Vietnam.
Rather than specifically work against the agreement, the rice industry is trying to get the Obama administration to make greater use of rice in food aid programs to help spur rice consumption and offset some of the damage that could occur from TPP.
Reed discussed the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Cuba and other rice industry issues during a presentation at the annual RiceTec Arkansas Field Day at the company’s Arkansas Business Center near Harrisburg in northeast Arkansas.
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