USDA announces one-time program to aid rice producers

USDA announces one-time program to aid rice producers

The USDA has announced plans to provide assistance to rice farmers who suffered losses in the 2022 growing season.

Farm Service Agency Administrator Zach Ducheneaux says the department will provide up to $250 million in payments for this one-time program.  “Rice producers had some unique circumstances that were not contemplated in our standing disaster programs,” he says. “And where it appears that maybe their risk management tools weren’t quite sufficient.”

Types of rice that are eligible for the program are short, medium, and long-grain rice, including japonica, temperate, and sweet rice.  Industrial and wild rice aren’t eligible. 

He tells Brownfield program signup will not open until later this spring, but the department is sharing information early.  “We’re going to mail rice producers a prefilled application based on data that’s already on file with the USDA,” he says.

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