The Department of Agriculture will then report to Congress on the forecasted effects that increasing these or other fixed payments will have on rice producers (including tenant rice producers), the rice milling industry, and the economies of rice farming areas in Texas.
Rodney Brown, deputy undersecretary for research, education, and economics, will host the session. The meeting will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the auditorium of the USDA/Agricultural Research Service, Child Nutrition Research Center, 1100 Bates St., in Houston.
Both written and oral comments will be received. Written comments and/or requests to present oral comments may be sent prior to the listening session to: RiceListeningSession@ers.usda.gov. You can mail comments to Cheryl Christensen, deputy director, Market and Trade Economics Division, Economic Research Service, 1800 M Street N.W., Room 5118N, Washington, DC 20036-5831.
For further information, send e-mail to the address provided above or contact Dr. Cheryl Christensen at 202-694-5203.