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November 10,2016

Vol 7 , Issue 11

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Daily Global, Regional and Local Rice E-Newsletter

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Today Rice News Headlines...

West Bengal government comes up with new type of rice,


'Muktoshri'
WASDE Report Released
Cuba possibilities discussed
Thai Navy to Buy and Help Harvest Rice as Farmers Strugglei
Farmers risk lives to harvest basmati rice along IB
Wild Rice Stovetop Dressing
GI Registry holds meeting to decide on GI tag for Basmati rice
from Madhya Pradesh
Breaking the vicious rice-subsidy cycle
MRF announces official rice prices
Numerous Factors Dent Thai Rice Prices
Rice Prices
Nigeria: How Nigeria Can Attain Sufficiency in Rice Production Owoeye
ROK, Philippines collaborate on mechanization
Cuba possibilities discussed
New study: Global rice husk ash market forecasts from 2016 to
2021 with industry chain structure, competitive landscape, new
projects and investment analysis
Assam down town University awarded joha, black rice research
project
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Editorial Board
Chief Editor

Hamlik

Managing Editor

Abdul Sattar Shah


Rahmat Ullah
Rozeen Shaukat

English Editor

Maryam Editor
Legal Advisor
Advocate Zaheer Minhas

Editorial Associates

Admiral (R) Hamid Khalid


Javed Islam Agha
Ch.Hamid Malhi
Dr.Akhtar Hussain
Dr.Fayyaz Ahmad Siddiqui
Dr.Abdul Rasheed (UAF)
Islam Akhtar Khan

Editorial Advisory Board

Dr.Malik Mohammad Hashim

Assistant Professor, Gomal


University DIK

Dr.Hasina Gul

Assistant Director, Agriculture KPK

News Detail...

Dr.Hidayat Ullah
Assistant Professor, University of

Swabi

West Bengal government comes up with new


type of rice, 'Muktoshri'

Dr.Abdul Basir
Assistant Professor, University of

Swabi

Zahid Mehmood
PSO,NIFA Peshawar

Sutanuka Ghosal, ET Bureau | Updated: Nov 10, 2016, 01.33 PM IST


Some other new varieties of rice have also been prepared by the Chinsurah
and Bankura rice research centres.KOLKATA:

Falak Naz Shah

Head Food Science & Technology


2
ART, Peshawar

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West Bengal governments rice research
centre has come up with a new variety of rice
called Muktoshri that can be grown in arsenic
prone areas. There are 81 arsenic affected
blocks in the state. The cultivation of the new
variety of rice will take 125 to 130 days. Some
other new varieties of rice have also been
prepared by the Chinsurah and Bankura rice
research centres. It includes Gosaba I and
Chinsurah Nona-II varieties for the soil with
high level of salinity. Most importantly,
Satabdi variety has been replaced with Ajit,
which is also used for short-term cultivation and it takes around 115 days. For the first time, a
new variety of jute seed has also been prepared by the Jute Research Centre of the state
Government at Krishnanagar and it has been named as Gouranga. The new variety will result in
a yield of 23 quintal per hectare, which is 10 per cent more than the yield of the current variety.

WASDE Report Released


WASHINGTON, DC -- The 2016/17 U.S.
rice crop is reduced 1.2 million cwt to
234.8 million on lower yields. Ending
stocks are lowered by the same
amount. The average yield forecast is
reduced 39 pounds per acre to
7,493. Arkansas and Missouri were the
only states to have reductions. The longgrain crop is reduced 900,000 cwt to 176.1
million but still the largest since the
2010/11 record. Medium- and short-grain
production is down 300,000 cwt to 58.7
million. Total exports are unchanged, but
rough exports are raised 1 million cwt,
which is offset by a 1-million-cwt reduction
in milled exports. The all rice marketing
year average price received by producers is
lowered $0.10 per cwt at the midpoint to a
range
of
$10.10
to
$11.10
on
lower
Southern
medium-grain
prices.
Global rice supplies for 2016/17 are raised 1.3 million tons on a 500,000-ton increase in production and

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higher beginning stocks. The increased beginning stocks are largely on reduced 2015/16 Indian domestic
use. Trade for 2016/17 is cut 200,000 tons and domestic use is up 200,000 tons. With supplies rising
faster than total use, world ending stocks are raised 1 million tons.
Read the full report here.

Cuba possibilities discussed


HIDE CAPTION
Dr. Eric Wailes
Shea Higgerson/Stuttgart Daily Leader

Monday,Posted Nov 7, 2016 at 7:08 AM


Wailes presented members and guests at the meeting with some observations he made about Cuba
during his visit. He said the population in Cuba is about 11.3 million with zero growth. The country is a
lower, middle income country. Imports contribute to approximately 80 percent of Cuba's food supply,
with agriculture being approximately 4 percent of its gross domestic product and 20 percent of its
employment. Approximately 70 percent of the land in Cuba is state-owned and state enterprises account
for 85 percent of the rice area.
By Shea Higgerson / Stuttgart Daily Leader
Dr. Eric Wailes, a University of Arkansas Department of Agricultural Economics Distinguished Professor
and L.C. Carter Endowed Chair, presented an assessment, based on a recent trip to Cuba, on the
constraints, challenges and opportunities for U.S. exports to Cuba during the 73rd annual Producers Rice
Mill membership meeting Thursday at the Grand Prairie Center.
Wailes presented members and guests at the meeting with some observations he made about Cuba during
his visit. He said the population in Cuba is about 11.3 million with zero growth. The country is a lower,
middle income country. Imports contribute to approximately 80 percent of Cubas food supply, with
agriculture being approximately 4 percent of its gross domestic product and 20 percent of its employment.
Approximately 70 percent of the land in Cuba is state-owned and state enterprises account for 85 percent
of the rice area.
Cuba currently imports approximately 400,000 to 600,000 metric tons of rice per year, according to
Wailes.

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Its not as big of a market as Mexico, but it would certainly be an important, good size market for U.S.
rice, he said.
Rice exports into Cuba are currently dominated by Vietnam, Wailes said, however, Brazil has made a big
entry into the Cuban rice market. Currently, the U.S. exports poultry legs and quarters, maize and
soybeans into Cuba, but the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act (TSRA) requires that
Cuba pay cash up front before agriculture or medicine products even leave the U.S. to be shipped to
Cuba.
Wailes said Rep. Rick Crawford is currently working to pass a bill that would ease the requirements of
the TSRA, which Wailes said could potentially be very helpful to the U.S., but entering the market still
poses a challenge, especially with the U.S. embargo.
Even if we got Crawfords bill passedre-entry into this Cuba market is not going to be easy from our
perspective, he said.
Wailes said there has been a mind shift in terms of how Cuban leadership has approached management
of the country and government, post-Fidel Castro. He said Ral Castro has been more efficient with
resources. Since 2008, approximately 4.5 million acres of unused land has been contracted out to
individual farmers and there has been a large transfer of public land to cooperatives.
Cuba has about 40 small rice mills in a concentrated area, which Wailes said he believes are not
efficiently organized to keep milling costs competitive, but are being upgraded. All rice in Cuba is
irrigated, with about 2.57 million acre feet of water for rice, using mainly surface water.
All rice in Cuba is also highly subsidized. Producers receive approximately $68 per ton above their cost
of production. Rice is channeled through a ration system to consumers, who receive their first five pounds
of rice for approximately one cent per pound, according to Wailes.
The government intervenes very heavily on this key food staple for both producers and consumers,
Wailes said.
Wailes also advised that the yield gap is large. He said rough rice yields about 63 bushels per acre, which
is 37 percent or Arkansas yield, which is approximately 166 bushels per acre. He said the reasons for this
include insufficient equipment, the large size of farms, planting methods, inadequate land preparation,

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variable supply of irrigation water, inadequate supply of inputs and lack of training of rice farmers due to
there being virtually no extension service. Wailes said Cuba is not a competitive rice producer and he
believes the country will continue to import about 400,000 to 600,000 metric tons of rice per year.For
information on the business portion of the meeting, visit www.stuttgartdailyleader.com or pick up
Mondays edition of the Stuttgart Daily Leader.
http://www.stuttgartdailyleader.com/news/20161107/cuba-possibilities-discussed

Thai Navy to Buy and Help Harvest Rice as Farmers Strugglei


Bangkok. The Thai navy will buy rice directly from
farmers and assign naval ratings to help them harvest
their grain, a navy spokesman said on Tuesday (08/11),
the latest in a series of steps by the military junta to
soften the impact of falling prices on farming
communities.On Monday, the country's rice committee
announced new loan schemes worth $514 million to
help rice growers, as the junta looked to gain support in
rural areas ahead of an election next year.Rice prices in
Thailand hit a 13-month low last week, hurting farmers
in the world's second-largest rice exporter. Rice exports account for around 10 percent of Thailand's gross
domestic product.
"If grain prices have fallen we will help where we can to purchase. Where farmers lack labor we will send
groups to help," Vice Admiral Jumpol Lumpikanon, a spokesman for the Royal Thai Navy, told
reporters.The admiral did not say how much rice the navy would buy, or where the budget would come
from.
Last week Manas Kitprasert, head of the Thai Rice Millers Association, resigned after Prime Minister
Prayuth Chan-ocha said that rice millers and politicians were colluding to drive down rice prices for
political reasons.
Manas denied the accusations.The junta has asked millers to buy rice from farmers at "reasonable prices",
and soldiers have visited rice millers to "seek cooperation".The party of former Prime Minister Yingluck
Shinawatra won an election in 2011 in part by appealing to rice farmers with a populist scheme to buy
their grain at above-market rates.Yingluck's administration was removed by the military in the 2014

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coup.Thailand remains politically divided between the county's urban middle classes and royalist-military
elite and supporters of populist governments ousted in 2006 and 2014 coups
http://jakartaglobe.id/international/thai-navy-buy-help-harvest-rice-farmers-struggle/

Farmers risk lives to harvest basmati rice along IB


E-Paper

Posted on 8/11/2016 by Dailyexcelsior

BEIN-GLARD (Samba), Nov 7:


Harvesting the paddy crop particularly the aromatic basmati rice cultivated near the International
Border in R S Pura border belt amid relentless shelling by Pakistani Rangers has made farmers
sitting ducks of the firing from across the border.Most areas in and around the R S Pura belt are
extremely fertile and best suited for basmati cultivation. A total of 17,742 hectares having
standing paddy crop has been affected due to the shelling and firing by the Pakistani Rangers.
The
paddy
crop
grown
in
the
area
is
worth
Rs
130
crore.
The basmati rice grown in Jammu and Kashmir is now under threat from Pakistan, an official
of the Agriculture department said, adding, farmers are anxious that if there is no one to harvest,
the crop will wither within a fortnight.With the crop ripe, farmers have been risking their lives
to harvest the paddy.
54-year-old Sham Lal has rushed to his fields along with few family members to cut the paddy
growing close to the International Border in R S Pura border belt of Jammu district.We are
helpless. We cannot afford to lose our crops. Our family is dependent on these crops. We are
risking our lives to harvest the standing crops, Lal said.Like Lal, several marginal farmers
living along the borderline are working overtime to speedily complete harvesting of the crops.
Bein Gallard Sarpanch Ram Paul, whose hamlet was shelled by Pakistani Rangers few days ago,
says farmers in border areas are forced to risk their lives to harvest their ripe crops as they
depend on them for livelihood.In the absence of labourers and machines, they are reluctant to
come with their families and undertake harvesting.The border farmers have taken it on
themselves to harvest their standing crops and in the process have become sitting ducks for the
Pak Rangers, Paul said.However, like them the farmers owning big agriculture land are not so
lucky as they await paddy cutting machines and labourers, who have fled the farmlands
following Pakistani shelling and firing and are reluctant to return to commence farming in the
border belt of Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts.

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Jabowal Sarpanch Avtar Singh said farmers owning bigger farmlands are helpless in this
situation as on one side the Pak troops resorted to shelling and firing and on other side labourers
and machine operators have refused to join them in harvesting.We await labourers and
machines. Security forces say the sound of the tractor instantly invites the sounds of the gun
from across the other side of the International Border, he added.Singh said that in case of
manual harvesting, it will take weeks but if machines for harvesting comes to their fields along
with labourers, it will take few days.
There is a threat to the ready-to-harvest paddy from shelling as it can result in fire which may
perish the whole fields, he said.Kali Dass, sarpanch of Bhudwal hamlet along the LoC in
Pallwanwala sector, feels it is a curse for him to live in the area as they are targeted every time
during the harvesting time.We are unfortunate people. We were uprooted during three wars,
Kargil war, Operation Parakaram and every time when Indo-Pak relations, he said.People
particularly youth go to villages in the morning from their camps and carry out harvest work till
evening. Situation is bad for us.
We dont known when we will become victims of Pak shelling and firing during farming, he
said, adding but We have no choice but to risk our lives if we have save our only resource
paddy.Officials said most areas in and around the R S Pura belt are extremely fertile and best
suited
for
basmati
cultivation.
As per estimates each hectare of this fertile land produces not less than 18 quintals of Basmati.A
total of 17,742 hectares of area having standing paddy crop has been affected due to shelling and
firing by the Pakistani Rangers, official said.The majority of the affected area falls in Jammu
district followed by Samba and Kathua districts.In Jammu district, the farmers have not been
able to harvest crops on 13,322 hectares and in Samba district standing crops on 3770 hectares
besides in Kathua district crop on 650 hectares of land has been affected due to shelling.
http://www.dailyexcelsior.com/farmers-risk-lives-harvest-basmati-rice-along-ib/

Wild Rice Stovetop Dressing


Yield: 4 servings
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 link sweet Italian turkey sausage, casing removed
cup chopped celery
cup chopped yellow onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup butternut squash cubes
teaspoon dried thyme, or 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
teaspoon dried rubbed sage, or 1 teaspoon fresh sage, chopped
1 teaspoon dried rosemary, or 2 teaspoons fresh chopped rosemary
1 cup wild rice blend (usually wild rice and basmati mixed)

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cup chicken or turkey broth
cup water
cup dried cranberries
cup chopped toasted pecans
Salt and pepper
1. Cook the sausage in the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium high heat, until meat is
golden, about 4 minutes. Add in the celery and onion and cook until softened, about 3 more
minutes. Add the garlic, squash cubes, herbs and rice blend and saute for 1 minute. Add the broth
and water, and raise temperature to high and bring to a boil.
2. Once boiling, stir the rice once, and then cover and reduce the temperature to low and allow to
simmer gently, covered tightly, for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat, toss in the dried cranberries
(quickly covering again) and let sit covered tightly for 5 minutes. Remove the lid, stir, taste for
seasoning, add toasted pecans and serve.
Per serving: 314 calories; 9g fat; 4mg cholesterol; 554mg sodium; 58g carbohydrate; 6g fiber;
8g sugar; 7g protein.
http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/food-and-cooking/recipes/wild-rice-stovetopdressing/article_3f2c21c0-4a59-502f-a171-fa135271000e.html

GI Registry holds meeting to decide on GI tag for Basmati rice


from Madhya Pradesh
Madhya Pradesh farmers and APEDA met the registry to put forward their arguments
Gireesh Babu | Chennai November 9, 2016 Last Updated at 16:50 IST

The demand of the Government of


Madhya Pradesh and the farmers in
the State to include its 13 districts
under

the Geographical

Indication (GI)
rice is

tag

being

for Basmati

considered

by

the GI Registry. Meetings were held


for three days in October and is
scheduled for another three days in
November,

informed

representatives

of

the

the
state

in

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the Madras High Court on Wednesday.The development comes in a case, which was filed by the
state government and the farmers who want the court to set aside an order of Intellectual Property
Appellate Board (IPAB), issued in February, allowing GI registration for Basmati rice grown in
various parts of seven States, in an application by the Agricultural and Processed Food Products
Export Development Authority (APEDA).
In a hearing on August, this year, the high court has questioned why the State has not approached
the GIRegistry after the IPAB has asked the registry to reconsider the claims of the State afresh.
When the matter came up for hearing on Wednesday both the parties informed the high court that
they have presented their arguments with the registry in meetings held last month and further
meetings are arranged for three days in November. The court posted the matter for directions in
January 2017.
Madhya Pradesh has claimed that 13 out of its 51 districts has been cultivating Basmati rice and is
entitled to receive the GI protection.
APEDA claimed that the rice has been grown and produced in the states of Punjab, Haryana,
Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand and parts of Uttar Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir. And
submitted the data to establish its claim in this region and opposed the claims of Madhya Pradesh.
Following the IPAB order in favour of the APEDA's claims, on February 15, 2016, the GI Registry
has issued an order registering the GI for Basmati for the geographical demarcation provided by the
APEDA. The State of Madhya Pradesh has filed a petition with the Madras High Court seeking
direction to set aside the IPAB's order.

Breaking the vicious rice-subsidy cycle


November 10, 2016 01:00
By The Nation

Backed by consumers, farmers can take several steps to ensure they get fair pay without
burdening the country.

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The government has set aside a budget of more than Bt60 billion for measures aimed at curbing
market supply and stabilising rice prices. The move came after a decline in the prices of the
grain, which the government initially blamed on perceived collusion between politicians and rice
millers.With all the fuss surrounding the issue of tumbling rice prices, citizens might wonder
why Thailand continues to subsidise the price more than three decades after the first such support
programme was introduced by the government of Prem Tinsulanonda. Trillions in taxpayers
money has been spent in the ensuing 35 years to help prop up the price of rice, which seems to
be in a perennial state of oversupply.
Thailand now produces 25 million tonnes of rice annually and the population consumes between
eight and nine tonnes a year. But consumption keeps declining as more and more Thais turn to
other food grains, chiefly wheat. The country thus faces a surplus rice supply exceeding 15
million tonnes each year. Of that, about 10 million tonnes is earmarked for export, maintaining
Thailands status as one of the worlds rice-exporting giants.The obvious ideal is to grow enough
rice to meet domestic demand and avoid excessive oversupply, and thus crucially save all the
money spent on subsidising rice prices.
Subsidies only encourage farmers to grow more rice than we need, since theyre assured that the
government will shore up the price whenever its market value decreases. If there is no attempt to
curb supply, this vicious cycle of subsidies, oversupply and price crises will continue endlessly,
and billions more of taxpayers money will have to be sacrificed.Whats standing in the way of
common sense is the insistence among some politicians and businesspeople that rice subsidies
continue

the

greedy

rationale

being

that

theyre

the

ones who benefit most. Corrupt politicians collude with unscrupulous rice millers and exporters
to make money from subsidy scheme.

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A key factor in any effort to change the system is politicians reliance on the farming community
as a voter support base. Thailand has an estimated 3.7 million farming households more than
15 million people, almost a quarter of the population. Earning their support at election time has
always been pivotal in Thai politics, and candidates and their parties have never been able to
kick the habit of buying farmers votes, if not through cash handouts on the campaign trail then
through generous rice subsidies. The latter is, of course, always done at the expense of other
taxpayers.
It would be better if rice farmers werent so quick to sell their freshly harvested paddy to millers
or middlemen. In doing so they are playing along with an unstable system and helping to create
an oversupply, which in turn depresses market value. They should rather insist on working with
local agricultural cooperatives or other community enterprises to get their rice milled so that the
husked rice can be sold directly to consumers. And in the meantime the farmers need to reduce
the pricing risk they face annually by diversifying in terms of the crops they |grow.
It is encouraging to see farmers now being broadly encouraged by the populace to sell their rice
directly to consumers. The notion is likely impractical for large quantities, but it will hopefully
get the message across to more growers and consumers that its worth promoting and supporting
direct sales. The farmers get fairer prices for their crop and the consumers can buy rice more
cheaply. Producers should next add extra value by offering processed rice products, backed
initially with technical assistance from state agencies.
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/opinion/today_editorial/30299596

MRF announces official rice prices


Submitted by Eleven on Wed, 11/09/2016 - 22:06

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Writer: Nilar

The Myanmar Rice Federation on Monday announced official rice prices based on types of paddy.The
federation said it would buy rice from Ayeyawady Region at the price starting at K850,000 to K900,000
per 100 baskets for paddy from last year. For Manaw Thukha, Sin Thukha, Hmawbi 2, Hmawbi 3 and Sin
Thwel paddy, the federation will pay K420,000 per 100 baskets and Shwebo Pawsan harvest from last
year will fetch K1.25 million per 100 baskets.

The federation also said it would buy Yadana Toe rice from Bago Region at the price of K350,000 per
100 baskets. For Manaw Thukha, the federation will pay K360,000, for Sin Thukha K380,000 and for
Kayinma Htaiksaung K385,000, all per 100 baskets.From Yangon Region, the federation will pay
K440,000 per 100 baskets for Emehta. For Yarkyaw, the federation will pay K470,000, for Sin Thukha
K440,000 and for Manaw Thukha K470,000, all per 100 baskets.
Translated by Nyein Chan
http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/business/6541

Numerous Factors Dent Thai Rice Prices


BANGKOK (Bangkok Post) While Thailands government and farming industry have blamed
each other for the sharp drop in rice prices, a leading economist says the tumbling prices,
particularly for premium fragrant rice, stem from diverse factors.Somporn Isvilanonda, a senior
fellow at the Knowledge Network Institute of Thailand, believes the tumbling prices, particularly
for premium fragrant rice, can be attributed to issues at home and abroad.Over the past several
months, demand and supply for hom mali rice and other aromatic varieties have changed,
resulting in reduced prices, he said.One of the key reasons is shrinking consumption by
premium rice consumers like the US, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Mr. Somporn said.
Their weak economies have led them to buy other lower-grade rice and cereals, including
Vietnams aromatic rice, which is much cheaper. Some 3.5 million tons of milled rice
excluding basmati rice from India and Pakistan is traded globally. Around 60 percent of that
comes from Thailand, 37 percent from Vietnam and the rest from Cambodia, he said.Vietnams
aromatic rice prices are currently quoted at about $570 to $650 per ton. Thai hom mali rice
fetched, on average, $1,008 per ton on the export market in 2015. Late last year prices dropped
to $980 per ton, further hitting $770 a ton in September and then $725 by the end of October.

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Mr. Somporn said speculation among millers, traders and exporters is also to blame for tumbling
rice prices. Millers in the northeast and central regions are the primary holders of hom mali rice
stocks, while exporters normally buy rice once they secure orders, he said.Therefore, holding
large stocks leads millers to face higher risks from price volatility than exporters. Under current
conditions, certain groups of millers are possibly suffering from hefty losses from such
speculation, said Mr. Somporn.
He added that many millers who failed to dispose of their existing rice stocks have suffered as
stocks amassed, keeping them from buying rice from this years main crop.More importantly, he
said, millers do not have the ability to fix their own selling price, as exporters normally fix
buying prices via rice brokers.The buying prices set by rice brokers fell to only 15 to 17 baht per
kilogram ($0.42 to $0.48) in October, considerably lower than 24 to 25 baht per kilogram ($0.68
to $0.71) set earlier this year.Millers are the key paddy buyers from farmers hence have to cut
their buying prices for paddy accordingly.
On the supply side, the new harvest of hom mali rice, particularly in the northeast, has contained
up to 30 percent moisture because of the considerable rainfall during the harvest season, forcing
a shift to using harvesters and threshers instead of labors.With high moisture plus drastic
changes in the rural paddy trading system caused by the previous governments rice pledging
scheme, which killed central markets and drying grounds to reduce moisture, farmers have to
rely on rice mills after harvest, he said.
There is also the knock-on effect of reduced quality.With relatively high-moisture rice, millers
have to use drying machines to reduce the moisture. The drying process dissolves the aromatic
substances in the hom mali paddy, eliminating once the paddy is milled, he said. Thats why
Thai people themselves complain that hom mali rice is not as aromatic as in the past.More
importantly, Mr. Somporn said genuine hom mali rice is becoming scarce and existing state-run
rice seed centers cannot provide enough quality seed supply to farmers.In addition, the varieties
collected by the farmers or sold on the market are mostly substandard, he said.
The future of Thai hom mali rice is being burdened by those factors, said Mr Somporn. If the
export market lacks confidence in aromatic quality of Thai hom mali rice, it will be difficult to
recover the prices weve enjoyed earlier. Were afraid that non-organic hom mali growers in the
northeast will be hardest hit from the price slump. It will be difficult to survive in a long run if
the price fall is prolonged.Duangporn Rodphaya, director-general of Foreign Trade Department,
concurred that the falling rice prices were due to the massive supplies, high moisture and the
sluggish global economy
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Rice Prices
as on : 10-11-2016 12:12:51 PM
Arrivals in tonnes;prices in Rs/quintal in domestic market.
Arrivals
Current

Price

%
Season
Prev. Prev.Yr
Modal
change cumulative
Modal %change

Rice
Bolpur(WB)

180.00

NC

2000.00

2250

2250

Cachar(ASM)

120.00

200

4110.00

2200

2200

-18.52

Siliguri(WB)

95.00

5.56

8690.00

2700

2700

Rampurhat(WB)

80.00

NC

2800.00

2300

2300

31.43

Saharanpur(UP)

70.00

2.94

6711.00

2280

2275

9.62

Silapathar(ASM)

53.00

NC

1485.90

3000

3000

NC

Nadia(WB)

50.00

NC

1520.00

3350

3350

15.52

Gazipur(UP)

40.00

14.29

3576.00

2200

2200

9.18

Khatra(WB)

38.00

11.76

1377.00

2550

2550

10.87

Lakhimpur(UP)

35.00

-12.5

823.00

2180

2170

-0.91

Gauripur(ASM)

32.00

-5.88

3268.80

4500

4500

NC

Bishnupur(Bankura)(WB)

28.00

-6.67

406.00

2350

2350

Diamond Harbour(South 24-pgs)(WB)

21.00

1375.50

2300

2300

15.00

North Lakhimpur(ASM)

17.00 115.19

2225.70

1900

1900

NC

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Dhilwan(Pun)

14.00

28.00

2000

Dibrugarh(ASM)

11.00 -33.33

151.40

2250

2250

Golaghat(ASM)

10.00

NC

371.50

2300

2200

-6.12

Deogarh(Ori)

9.00

NC

622.00

2500

2500

NC

Mirzapur(UP)

7.50

7.14

1814.10

2165

2170

8.79

Chandoli(UP)

5.00

11.11

259.50

2145

2140

14.10

Karanjia(Ori)

4.80

-20

485.00

2800

2800

-3.45

Darjeeling(WB)

3.30

32

174.50

2950

2950

5.36

Kalyanpur(Tri)

3.00

NC

25.10

2800

2800

12.00

Bishenpur(Man)

1.10

10

28.90

3100

2900

6.90

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Rice Prices
as on : 09-11-2016 08:10:41 PM
Arrivals in tonnes;prices in Rs/quintal in domestic market.
Arrivals
Current

Price

%
Season
Prev. Prev.Yr
Modal
change cumulative
Modal %change
Rice

Bhivandi(Mah)
Gadarpur(Utr)

2100.00

-4.76 167835.00

2680

2200

30.73

500.00 -71.31 191418.00

1993

2056

8.02

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Bolpur(WB)

180.00

NC

1640.00

2250

2250

Kalipur(WB)

85.00

-9.57

8519.00

2350

2300

20.51

Vasai(Mah)

83.00

7.79

658.00

2870

2720

10.38

Rampurhat(WB)

80.00 -11.11

2640.00

2300

2300

31.43

Nadia(WB)

50.00

NC

1420.00

3350

3350

15.52

Kasimbazar(WB)

48.00

NC

2913.00

2450

2450

8.89

Beldanga(WB)

46.00

-8

4168.00

2450

2450

8.89

Cachar(ASM)

40.00

NC

3870.00

2200

2200

-18.52

Lakhimpur(UP)

40.00

5.26

753.00

2170

2230

-1.36

Khatra(WB)

34.00

-5.56

1301.00

2550

2550

10.87

Bishnupur(Bankura)(WB)

30.00

-25

350.00

2350

2350

Gauripur(ASM)

25.00

-1.96

126.00

2200

2200

-12.00

Anandnagar(UP)

25.00

25

270.00

2185

2175

8.17

Dibrugarh(ASM)

16.50

22.22

129.40

2250

2250

Dhekiajuli(ASM)

16.00

-5.88

1567.10

2300

2290

15.00

Champadanga(WB)

14.00

28.00

2750

7.84

Islampur(WB)

12.00

NC

478.90

2450

2450

19.51

Kaliaganj(WB)

11.00

NC

1155.00

2675

2675

-0.93

Pavagada(Kar)

10.00

20.00

3137

Raiganj(WB)

9.00

NC

1046.00

2725

2725

-0.91

Bolangir(Ori)

8.00

14.29

472.40

2400

2300

NC

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Muradabad(UP)

8.00

NC

604.70

2320

2310

0.87

North Lakhimpur(ASM)

7.90 -14.13

2191.70

1900

1900

NC

Mirzapur(UP)

7.00

40

1799.10

2170

2175

9.05

Chengannur(Ker)

6.50 -13.33

612.00

2300

2400

-8.00

Tusura(Ori)

6.50

NC

448.00

2300

2300

-4.17

Karanjia(Ori)

6.00

25

475.40

2800

2800

-3.45

Jeypore(Ori)

5.00

150

333.90

4200

4200

2.44

Chandoli(UP)

4.50

-10

249.50

2140

2145

13.83

Kolhapur(Laxmipuri)(Mah)

4.00 -42.86

2402.00

3000

3000

-3.23

Jeypore(Kotpad)(Ori)

3.00 -23.08

316.70

4100

4100

-3.53

Jahangirabad(UP)

2.00

NC

28.00

2250

2260

Kalimpong(WB)

1.50

7.14

53.60

2650

2650

17.26

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Nigeria: How Nigeria Can Attain Sufficiency in Rice


Production - Owoeye
By Chika Izuora

As the federal government embarks on measures to boost local rice production in the country,
experts are of the view that attaining self-sufficiency in rice production may take long because
efforts are not being taken in the right direction.The chief executive officer of Elephant Group
Limited, Tunji Owoeye, speaking in Lagos at a one-day seminar on "Sustainable Agriculture
Under Economic Recession," organised by the Nigerian Association of Agricultural Journalists

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(NAAJ), observed that the gap between demand and supply of rice is huge and that except
priority is given to key areas in the production cycle, it would take so long to achieve the dream.
Owoeye, who spoke through a senior partner with OIT Fash Consults, Dr Rotimi Fashola, put
national rice demand at an excess of six million tonnes while local farmers total output is barely
above three million tonnes, adding that "with our population growth rate the gap would be wider
in the next few years if something urgent is not done."
Suggesting the way forward, he noted that countries that are currently self-sufficient in rice
production adopted three major strategic initiatives and models that could still be applied in
Nigeria. First, he said, irrigation is key to all-year-round rice production and discouraged the
practice of rain-fed agriculture that is solely dependent on rain and planting once. "The rainy
season is short, less than five months in some areas," he said, "so we lose the remaining seven
months. If you are able to grow a crop that lasts three to four months on the field under
irrigation, it means you can grow it at least two times in a year."
Owoeye also said that mechanisation is key to boosting local rice production as it removes the
drudgery associated with rice farming and reduces drastically losses during production and at
harvest. With mechanised method, production is more efficient while large rice production is
better practised as against small parcels of land cultivated by a majority of Nigerian farmers, he
explained. He also suggested that government should prioritise production in ecologies that are
appropriate for the production of rice. In other words, in places that have water bodies that can
support lowland rice production he said farmers should not plant other crops except rice
http://allafrica.com/stories/201611090558.html

ROK, Philippines collaborate on mechanization


Published November 9, 2016, 10:01 PM
By Zac B. Sarian

We can expect more Filipino farmers to mechanize their operations in the coming years as
Korean agricultural machinery manufacturers collaborate with PhilMech to develop appropriate
machines and equipment for local agriculture.The Korean Agricultural Machinery Industry
Cooperative (KAMICO) and the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and
Mechanization (PhilMech) recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to join
forces in upgrading farm mechanization in the country.
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TILLERS BY THE THOUSANDS Arnel De Mesa
poses before thousands of rotary tillers in the stockyard
of Asia Technology Company, one of the members of
KAMIKO that has committed itself to collaborate with
farm mechanization stakeholders in the Philippines. De
Mesa is the OIC regional executive director of the DA
field office in Calabarzon and national deputy project
director of the Philippine Rural Development Project.
He revealed that PRDP can help fund research projects
on farm mechanization that will be undertaken by
PhilMech and its Korean counterparts.KAMICO counts
as its members hundreds of agricultural machinery
manufacturers who are willing to share their expertise with their counterpart in the Philippines.
The MOU signing was a highlight of the recent KIEMSTA 2016, the biggest agricultural
mechanization trade show held in Cheonan City. The signatories are KAMICO chairman Shin
Gil Kim and PhilMech executive director Dr. Dionisio Alvindia.
One of the priorities under the MOU is the establishment of an agricultural mechanization
complex where the different machines and equipment are showcased. The complex could also
become a training center for farm mechanization practitioners.There will also be collaborative
research on machinery development, exchange of experts and provision of technical support,
facilitation of study tours, workshops, symposia, training courses and exhibitions on subjects of
mutual interest.
The two parties will also encourage the involvement of concerned agencies, the academe,
scientific and business communities and non-government organizations of their respective
countries to generate broad support to and increased interest in the activities covered by the
cooperation.The private sector will also play an important role in the achievement of the goals of
the MOU. One example is the collaboration of Eugene T. Gabriel of Agri Components
Corporation of Isabela and the WeCan Global Company of Korea which manufactures rotavators
and other farming equipment.
Under a memorandum of agreement between Agricom and WeCan, Gabriel has placed an initial
order of 100 unite of rotavators that are not fully assembled. Assembly will be done by workers
in Isabela and attachments that can be fabricated in the Philippines will also be made in the
Philippines with the guidance of PhilMech and Korean experts. One example is the rice field
leveler which is attached behind the rotavator.This particular attachment will eliminate one
process in the land preparation for rice. Normally, after plowing and rotavating, a third process is
the leveling by means of a carabao-drawn implement. This is now eliminated by the leveler that
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According to Gabriel, the assembling of rotavators in the Philippines will give employment to
local workers. At the same time, the selling price of the equipment will be about 20 percent
cheaper.Another area of research and development will be the development of village-level
machines and equipment. One of the suggestions is the development of a village-level corn mill
to process white corn for human consumption. This should be useful to farmers in the Visayas
and Mindanao where many people prefer to eat white corn.In this connection, possible
collaboration will be between PhilMech and Lee-Wha Industry headed by Seok Jin Lee. LeeWha is the leading manufacturer of compact rice mills in Korea.More about the agricultural
machinery trade show next time.

Cuba possibilities discussed


Dr. Eric Wailes
Shea Higgerson/Stuttgart Daily Leader
Monday
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at 7:08 AM

Wailes presented members and guests at the meeting with some observations he made about
Cuba during his visit. He said the population in Cuba is about 11.3 million with zero growth. The
country is a lower, middle income country. Imports contribute to approximately 80 percent of
Cuba's food supply, with agriculture being approximately 4 percent of its gross domestic product
and 20 percent of its employment. Approximately 70 percent of the land in Cuba is state-owned
and state enterprises account for 85 percent of the rice area.
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New study: Global rice husk ash market forecasts from 2016 to
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Assam down town University awarded joha, black rice


research project
TNN | Updated: Nov 10, 2016, 07.13 AM IST

GUWAHATI: Assam
town
been

down

University (AdtU)
awarded

has

a mega

project funded by the centre's


department of biotechnology for
a period of three years.The
project, chemical profiling of
Joha and black rice of the
northeast region for nutritional,
nutraceutical

parameters

and

aromatic compounds, is headed


by a project team from AdtU
comprising faculty members from the university's pharmacy department, Saikat Sen and Raja
Chakraborty.

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"The research team will explore the antioxidant and hypolipidemic effectiveness of a few Joha
and black rice varieties. The biomolecues associated with the rice varieties and their significant
function in controlling cholesterol and other lipid profiles related to cardiovascular diseases will
be studied," an AdtU official said. tnn
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HUGE
By Jeff Harrison
Special to the USA Rice Daily

WASHINGTON, DC -- President-Elect Trump is known to make frequent use of that word but in the case
of last night it was the textbook definition of the term.Aside from the gut feelings of some personal
friends, perhaps, the conventional wisdom we all consistently heard from all the major political
prognosticators was that it would be nearly if not totally impossible for Donald Trump to win the White
House.
Everyone seemed to discount the possibility that Trump's rust-belt strategy, significantly based on his
opposition to trade deals including the Trans Pacific Partnership, could pay off despite polls in
Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin showing close contests, some even within the margin of error.
As of the close of business on election day, Democrats were absolutely confident that Secretary Clinton
would break the 300 mark in the electoral college, retake the Senate albeit by a small margin, and take a
big bite out of Speaker Paul Ryan's House majority.
Negative down-ballot pressure, it was thought, would doom the reelection chances of at least the four
GOP senators from Wisconsin, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire, while Democrats would hold
on to Sen. Reid's seat in Nevada, giving Democrats the 50 votes they would need to regain control of the
Senate, with a Vice President Kaine on speed dial to break any tie. Plus, Democrats smelled blood in the
water in Indiana, Missouri, and North Carolina and some even felt they had a shot at knocking out Florida
Senator Marco Rubio, a rising star in the GOP whom Democrats were eager to unseat in order to take the
polish off.

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The House GOP majority was never believed to be in any real danger given the small handful of
competitive races, about 37 out of 435, with the Democrats required to win nearly all of them to wrest
control of that chamber. It just wasn't in the cards and most pundits put the damage to the GOP in the low
double digits but allowing that the list of Republican casualties could grow.
But, when the dust began to settle last night, ahem, this morning, it was Trump whose electoral college
votes soared to near the 300 mark. Moreover, the Democrats managed to defeat just one Republican
senator (Illinois) while hanging onto what many believed was the only Democratic-held seat in real
contention (Nevada) - only last night was it revealed just how close the senate contest in Colorado was,
with the Democratic incumbent there winning against an unknown, unfunded opponent by a margin
closer than Occam's razor. In New Hampshire, however, another potential Democratic pick up
opportunity does still exist, although the Democrat leads the incumbent Republican by just over 700 votes
and the race is still too close to call. There is also still a run-off election in Louisiana where the
Republican leads based on last night's returns.
Meanwhile, House GOP losses appear to be confined to just seven. Four races are yet to be decided but
the Republican holds the lead in each. The two upsets were the defeat of a twelve-year House incumbent
from Florida who apparently got snuck up on by a young political novice, and a Freedom Caucus sort
from New Jersey who was next in line to chair the Budget Committee.
Impacts on Committees of Importance to Agriculture
Parochially speaking, Senate Agriculture Committee Members, Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), John
Boozman (R-AR), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), John Hoeven (R-ND), and John Thune (R-SD) all coasted to
victory last night, while Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) won a surprisingly close race.
Retention of Senate control by the GOP means Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) will presumably want to
keep the helm of the Appropriations Committee and, in turn, Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) will continue to
hold the gavel at the Agriculture Committee. While Democrats are not term-limited as chairmen or
ranking member, they do leave for greener committee pastures from time to time. However, Senator
Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) has made clear she intends to remain Ranking Member of the Agriculture
panel.
Senator Stabenow will not only need to partner with Chairman Roberts on the development and passage
of the next Farm Bill but she must do so in a politically charged environment as seven of the nine
Democratic members of the Senate Agriculture Committee face reelection in 2018, including Senator
Stabenow. Plus, there are two other Democratic senators representing GOP farm states who will be up in
2018. In total, Democrats will defend 25 seats in 2018 compared to the Republicans' eight, making this
coming election cycle potentially tough sledding for Senate Democrats. No Republican member of the
Senate Agriculture Committee faces reelection in 2018. Democrats will undoubtedly press hard for a

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Farm Bill and Republicans will be on the hot spot to deliver.
Over on the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS) and, as
previously mentioned, Senators Hoeven and Leahy, coasted to reelection, while Senator Roy Blunt (RMO) won a closer than earlier anticipated race against a guy best known for his ability to assemble an
assault rifle while blind-folded.
So, in sum, there are no membership changes to either panel that would result from last night's election.
On the other side of the dome, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX) and
Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-MN) were both reelected last night and expected to continue to lead
the panel. Rep. Conaway coasted in with 90 percent of the vote while Rep. Peterson had a much closer
race than usual, reminding those who care about agriculture not to take good friends like Rep. Peterson
for granted.
As for the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, perhaps the biggest question is who will serve as
Chairman should Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL) be selected by his conference to serve as Chairman of the
full Committee? Rep. Aderholt has reportedly expressed interested in the top post as has Rep. Rodney
Frelinghuysen (R-NJ). Due to retirements, there are three subcommittee posts that will lack chairmen and
a fourth should either Rep. Aderholt or Frelinghysen assume the full Committee chairmanship. The next
four members on the full Committee without a chair include Reps. Kevin Yoder (R-KS), who weathered a
fairly close race last night, Rep. Steve Womack (R-AR), Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), and Rep. Tom
Rooney (R-FL). Subcommittee GOP members Reps. David Valadao (R-CA) and David Young (R-IA)
also weathered close calls last night.
In terms of leadership, after a stellar evening for Republicans, one would not anticipate any desire for a
shake up in either the Senate or House although there has reportedly been talk among both Freedom
Caucus members and folks upset with Speaker Ryan's handling of Mr. Trump after the famous "locker
talk" recording that some House Republicans might like to consider other potential Speakers. Be that as it
may, Rep. Ryan is likely stuck with arguably the worst job in Washington. On the Democratic side,
Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) is the heir apparent to Senator Reid and Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)
currently serves as whip. The question is whether members of the Democratic caucus will want more
liberal representation in some leadership capacity.
Impacts on Committees of Importance to Agriculture
Parochially speaking, Senate Agriculture Committee Members, Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), John
Boozman (R-AR), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), John Hoeven (R-ND), and John Thune (R-SD) all coasted to
victory last night, while Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) won a surprisingly close race.
Retention of Senate control by the GOP means Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) will presumably want to

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keep the helm of the Appropriations Committee and, in turn, Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) will continue to
hold the gavel at the Agriculture Committee. While Democrats are not term-limited as chairmen or
ranking member, they do leave for greener committee pastures from time to time. However, Senator
Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) has made clear she intends to remain Ranking Member of the Agriculture
panel.

Senator Stabenow will not only need to partner with Chairman Roberts on the development and
passage of the next Farm Bill but she must do so in a politically charged environment as seven of
the nine Democratic members of the Senate Agriculture Committee face reelection in 2018,
including Senator Stabenow. Plus, there are two other Democratic senators representing GOP
farm states who will be up in 2018. In total, Democrats will defend 25 seats in 2018 compared
to the Republicans' eight, making this coming election cycle potentially tough sledding for
Senate Democrats. No Republican member of the Senate Agriculture Committee faces
reelection in 2018. Democrats will undoubtedly press hard for a Farm Bill and Republicans will
be on the hot spot to deliver.
Over on the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS)
and, as previously mentioned, Senators Hoeven and Leahy, coasted to reelection, while Senator
Roy Blunt (R-MO) won a closer than earlier anticipated race against a guy best known for his
ability to assemble an assault rifle while blind-folded.
So, in sum, there are no membership changes to either panel that would result from last night's
election.
On the other side of the dome, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX)
and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-MN) were both reelected last night and expected to
continue to lead the panel. Rep. Conaway coasted in with 90 percent of the vote while Rep.
Peterson had a much closer race than usual, reminding those who care about agriculture not to
take good friends like Rep. Peterson for granted.
As for the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, perhaps the biggest question is who will
serve as Chairman should Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL) be selected by his conference to serve as
Chairman of the full Committee? Rep. Aderholt has reportedly expressed interested in the top
post as has Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ). Due to retirements, there are three
subcommittee posts that will lack chairmen and a fourth should either Rep. Aderholt or
Frelinghysen assume the full Committee chairmanship. The next four members on the full
Committee without a chair include Reps. Kevin Yoder (R-KS), who weathered a fairly close race

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last night, Rep. Steve Womack (R-AR), Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), and Rep. Tom Rooney
(R-FL). Subcommittee GOP members Reps. David Valadao (R-CA) and David Young (R-IA)
also weathered close calls last night.
In terms of leadership, after a stellar evening for Republicans, one would not anticipate any
desire for a shake up in either the Senate or House although there has reportedly been talk among
both Freedom Caucus members and folks upset with Speaker Ryan's handling of Mr. Trump
after the famous "locker talk" recording that some House Republicans might like to consider
other potential Speakers. Be that as it may, Rep. Ryan is likely stuck with arguably the worst job
in Washington. On the Democratic side, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) is the heir apparent
to Senator Reid and Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) currently serves as whip. The question is
whether members of the Democratic caucus will want more liberal representation in some
leadership capacity.
Possible Agriculture Secretaries
There is naturally much speculation on who President-Elect Trump will select as his Agriculture
Secretary. This usually amounts to nothing more than a guessing game, although there are some
names that are often listed as possibilities in this instance, including Kansas Governor Sam
Brownback; former Nebraska Governor Dave Heinemann; former Georgia Governor Sonny
Perdue; former Texas Governor Rick Perry; Nebraska businessman and rancher Charles
Herbster; Iowa agri-businessman Bruce Rastetter; and a handful of Hoosiers such as Kip Tom, a
successful farmer who ran for Congress recently; Ted McKinney, the director of the Indiana
Department of Agriculture; Don Villwock, the President of the Indiana Farm Bureau; Chuck
Conner, president of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives and Deputy Secretary under
George W. Bush; and Mike McCloskey of Select Milk Producers, Inc. and Fair Oaks Farms.
Mr. McCloskey and, I am sure, the other Hoosiers on the list have come to know Vice
President-Elect Mike Pence who, when he was in the House, served as an exemplary Member of
the House Agriculture Committee and as a whip for the 2002 Farm Bill.

The President-Elect on Policies Affecting Agriculture


Presidential candidates don't spend much time anymore talking about farm policy as they once
did but the President-Elect has made statements supportive of farm policy, including crop
insurance, the Renewable Fuels Standard, revoking environmental regulations such as the Waters
of the U.S. (WOTUS) and the Clean Power plan rules, enacting tax relief including the repeal of

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the death tax and capital gains tax relief, and making significant investment in infrastructure. He
has also stated that he would be very deferential to the Agriculture Committees on farm policy
details. And, of course, Mr. Trump has also stated his strong opposition to TPP, NAFTA, and
similar trade agreements.

The 115th Congress


Were this a piece about what to expect had Secretary Clinton been elected President with a
Republican House and/or Senate, I would have probably written that we ought to expect more of
the same. However, I do not mean that critically of either in that case. I simply would have
meant that the stand-off between a Democratic President and an at least partially Republican
Congress would have continued.
But, the results of last night's elections mean something altogether different: namely, hang onto
your Make America Great Again hats because there is a lot to do, a pathway to do it, and a whole
lot of pent up demand amongst GOP lawmakers to make it happen. Of course, unilaterally, the
new President can unwind regulations and executive orders unilaterally put in place by his
predecessor. Prime examples are WOTUS and Climate regulations. The President-Elect has
certainly said he would do just that.
Both Mr. Trump and Congressional Republicans are eager to do tax reform and this may
certainly be one of those areas where their philosophical interests may converge nicely with
popular opinion, although with the caveat that bringing down rates on a budget neutral basis
means closing a lot of "loopholes" that don't look like loopholes to those who are using
them. Mr. Trump and Congressional Republicans are also eager to deliver on their promise to
repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and, given premium increases and significant attrition
among providers operating in the risk pool, this, too, may gel nicely with popular opinion.
Increased funding on infrastructure is also a big promise of the President-Elect and
Congressional Republicans have already expressed willingness to use additional revenues
generated by the growth resulting from tax reform on infrastructure. Appointing Constitutional
originalists in the mold of the late Justice Antonin Scalia will also be a top mutual priority. The
President-Elect and GOP lawmakers have also talked about the need for deficit
reduction. However, where the two have parted company is on the need for changes to Social
Security and Medicare where Mr. Trump has said he opposes alterations and GOP lawmakers
say changes are necessary since both programs will be insolvent within the near future (2028,
2029). How the two sides reconcile their difference on this matter is important because of the

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sheer size of these programs which would make meaningful deficit reduction without their being
in the mix both extremely difficult and awfully hard on those programs upon which the extra
burden would fall. Food Stamps would presumably be part of the mix and, of course, this has
repercussions for the Farm Bill rewrite expected to take place in the next Congress.

Trade, too, is another example where the President-Elect and the vast majority of Republican
lawmakers take a different point of view. Reconciling differences over how to proceed on a U.S.
trade agenda will be a difficult needle to thread since the states that gave Mr. Trump his margin
of victory are comprised significantly of voters who strongly believe their families and
communities have suffered terribly on account of trade agreements. TPP and T-TIP are the most
immediately affected. For those of you who have gotten used to stalemate, I would predict a
change of scenery. Politicians make promises every election season and voters often numb to
their going unfulfilled. But one gets the unmistakable impression that Trump backers took very
much to heart the promises he made and one also gets the sense that he is going to move heaven
and earth to try and honor them.
I am persuaded that either through the use of reconciliation - which allows the Senate to move
legislation on a simple majority - or through changes in the Senate rules to navigate around the
60-vote threshold, the President-Elect and the GOP Congress are going to want to make a lot of
headway on their priorities over the next two years. Under either approach they could get around
Democratic opposition much as President Obama and Congressional Democrats did on the
Affordable Care Act, though I anticipate institutionalists far and away preferring reconciliation
over a change in rules. Moreover, renegade GOP members may have become accustomed to
challenging their Leadership but it's hard to imagine Mr. Trump countenancing defections on his
side for long.
As for the Farm Bill rewrite, it may well be delayed and extended in favor of tackling bigger
stuff or its passage may be hastened as part of a broader legislative agenda which could involve
both roses and thorns. Recall that in 2005, for example, the Republican White House and
Congress at least considered giving the Farm Bill a small haircut in a reconciliation process in
exchange for a 10-year reauthorization.
In sum, the President-Elect is saying all the right things about agriculture, farmers, and ranchers
and he has staked out many good position on issues affecting agriculture. Where the rub may lie
is how that favorable approach and policy are affected by other policies being pursued.But, two
things are for sure. First, Trump apparently digs farmers and ranchers and by the looks of last
night's results farmers and ranchers dug him back. And, second, all signs point to the 115th
Congress being bigly, phenomenal, or huge, believe me.

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