Joint Letter to Secretary John Kerry regarding U.S. Rice Exports to Iraq

Jan 23, 2015 Issues: Free Trade Agreements

Today, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway and Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran sent a letter, with the support of many of their colleagues, to Secretary John Kerry urging him to improve existing trade relations with the Iraqi Grain Board (IGB).

In recent years the IGB has significantly decreased purchases of U.S. rice and instead bought higher priced grain from other countries. About half of U.S. production is exported, making strong export markets critical to the U.S. rice industry. Rice production in the U.S. generates approximately $34 billion in economic activity annually, creating thousands of jobs in rural areas. 

View the letter below.