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Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Arkansas Women in Agriculture Host Farm Bill Panel
Panelists discuss farm bill.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR -- The Arkansas Women in Agriculture hosted a Farm Bill Panel and Luncheon meeting last week at the Wyndham Hotel.  Panelists included Sen. John Boozman (R-AR); Cynthia Edwards, Arkansas Department of Agriculture; Dr. Bert Greenwalt, Arkansas State University; Jeffery Hall, Arkansas Farm Bureau; and Harrison Pittman, National Agricultural Law Center.  The meeting provided the more than 50 attendees an opportunity to ask questions on the status of farm bill development.

By a vote of 16-5, the Senate Agriculture Committee passed the farm bill.  No schedule has been announced on when it may come to the Senate floor for a vote.  Sen. Boozman, who voted against the bill in committee, indicated that Chairwoman Stabenow acknowledged there is work to be done on addressing the issues that caused the Southern senators to vote against the bill before it goes to the floor.

ContactChuck Wilson, (870) 673-7541

CME Group/CBOT Rice Futures Closing
CME Group (Preliminary):  Closing Rough Rice Futures for May 1

Month
Price
Net Change
May 2012
$14.755

- $0.110

July 2012
$15.020
- $0.110
Sept. 2012
$15.250

- $0.110

Nov. 2012
$15.485

- $0.125

Jan. 2013
$15.740

- $0.125

March 2013
$16.010
- $0.125
May 2013
$16.270
- $0.125
In the News
Senate Ag Committee Passes Farm Bill
AG Week -- (Rice mentioned)

LSU AgCenter to Establish Master Rice Grower Program
Delta Farm Press

EPA Official Resigns over Comments
Wall Street Journal -- (Subscription required, rice not mentioned)

Farm Subsidy Reform Could Backfire
The Washington Times -- (Rice mentioned)

Initial Step Taken in Farm Bill Process
Western Farm Press -- (Rice mentioned)

Rice Steams Up on Demand Expectations
Hindu Business Line, India

No Mismanagement in Maintaining Wheat, Rice Buffer Stocks, Asserts Government
Economic Times, India

Machine Makes Rice Harvesting Easier
Fiji Times, Japan

Coast Fishermen Embrace Rice Farming as Stocks Dwindle
Business Daily Africa, Nigeria

Thai Government Rice Stocks Jump
Business Recorder, Pakistan -- (blog)

Fears of Rice Fraud Rises
Bangkok Post, Thailand

Nigeria Seeks to Become Food Exporter
Voice of America -- (Rice mentioned)


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