California rice production is predominately medium grain and one third of production is exported to Japan. The industry is very competitive and has advantages that enable high production rates and also environmental benefits to waterfowl from flooded fields. The United States currently produces about 1 percent of the total world's supply. Rice importing countries have different preferences for grain types and it is important to research markets prior to entry to determine compatibility. Government intervention and policy development should be accomplished only through the lens of free trade among nations and the California rice growers should remain vigilant for items outside their control that impact production or export of product. A shipping strike will cause supply and storage problems and alternative markets may need to be found to accommodate overages. International trade has many components and rice needs to work with other industries to enable the best outcomes and promote agriculture goals.
California Rice, Government Agriculture Intervention, International Shipping