Local reaction to US-China rice export agreement - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Local reaction to US-China rice export agreement

Rice (Source: KPLC) Rice (Source: KPLC)
JEFF DAVIS PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

After years of political gridlock, the United States and China reached a trade agreement for exporting rice. Once the deal is finalized, it could provide a boost to farmers across the U.S., including those here in Louisiana.

From rice farming alone, Louisiana earns $712 million in revenue in exports, and across the U.S., $5.6 Billion, not including the value added from mills.

Bill Rase with the Port of Lake Charles says the deal is a breakthrough that's been years in the making. 

"You're talking about something that could be very beneficial to everybody's economy, including Louisiana and Louisiana rice farmers," said Rase. 

Kevin Berken, a rice farmer in Jeff Davis Parish, said having another market to export Louisiana rice only helps the economy. 

"It's a big deal for us - the rice industry - and is huge for this area," said Berken. "We employ a lot of people with our mills and everything, and our export services."

Berken added China has the potential of being a very good market. 

"They consume the equivalent of the whole U.S. rice production in 18 days, so it's a big deal over there," said Berken. "We're anticipating that within the next year or so we should be able to send them about 50,000 metric tons, that's what the projections are, and within five years 240,000 metric tons." 

Both Rase and Berken agree, however, that it's a process that won't happen overnight. 

"There's a lot of information the Chinese will be requiring of us," said Rase. 

The reason is because of a quality control initiative within the trade deal. 

"The rice that we send to them is going to need to be clean of the bugs and all of the germs that could affect their country," said Berken. "So they're going to be coming within the next couple of months to tour our mills," said Berken. 

Berken said he hopes the Chinese will look to Louisiana as the go-to for rice once everything is finalized. 

"They don't know anything about our rice. Once we begin the process of letting them taste it, and teaching them about our rice, then I think it'll be a great market for us," said Berken. 

Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Threats to local high schools being investigated

    Threats to local high schools being investigated

    Monday, February 19 2018 11:56 PM EST2018-02-20 04:56:52 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Multiple agencies are investigating allegations of threats made against a local high school.  Threats were allegedly made against DeRidder High School by a juvenile, according to Deputy Chief Christopher Rudy with the DeRidder police department.  The juvenile was detained and a search warrant has been served. Deputy Chief Rudy says there is no immediate threat to the students or staff at DeRidder High School.  The DeRidder Police Department, Beauregard Parish Sheriff...

    More >>

    Multiple agencies are investigating allegations of threats made against a local high school.  Threats were allegedly made against DeRidder High School by a juvenile, according to Deputy Chief Christopher Rudy with the DeRidder police department.  The juvenile was detained and a search warrant has been served. Deputy Chief Rudy says there is no immediate threat to the students or staff at DeRidder High School.  The DeRidder Police Department, Beauregard Parish Sheriff...

    More >>
  • As federal taxes go down, Louisiana income taxes go up

    As federal taxes go down, Louisiana income taxes go up

    Monday, February 19 2018 10:10 PM EST2018-02-20 03:10:50 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    It's no fun getting a pay raise only to have it eaten up by an increase in your bills, which is what's happening with federal tax reform in Louisiana. If you noticed a small increase in your pay check from federal tax reform, it may be fleeting as state taxes go up. The Louisiana constitution says if federal taxes go down, state taxes go up. But tax preparer Jessica Fisher, who is an area manager for Jackson Hewitt, says the offset should still leave you with a little somethin...

    More >>

    It's no fun getting a pay raise only to have it eaten up by an increase in your bills, which is what's happening with federal tax reform in Louisiana. If you noticed a small increase in your pay check from federal tax reform, it may be fleeting as state taxes go up. The Louisiana constitution says if federal taxes go down, state taxes go up. But tax preparer Jessica Fisher, who is an area manager for Jackson Hewitt, says the offset should still leave you with a little somethin...

    More >>
  • The Marshall Tucker Band to perform in Lake Charles

    The Marshall Tucker Band to perform in Lake Charles

    Monday, February 19 2018 9:28 PM EST2018-02-20 02:28:41 GMT

    The Marshall Tucker Band will perform in the Grand Event Center of Golden Nugget Lake Charles on Friday, May 25 at 8:30 PM according to a news release.   The group combined rock, rhythm, country, blues and jazz with extended instrumental passages to help establish the Southern rock genre in the 1970’s. Their hits include the singles “Can’t You See”, “Heard It In A Love Song”, and “Fire On The Mountain”. Tickets go on sale Fri...

    More >>

    The Marshall Tucker Band will perform in the Grand Event Center of Golden Nugget Lake Charles on Friday, May 25 at 8:30 PM according to a news release.   The group combined rock, rhythm, country, blues and jazz with extended instrumental passages to help establish the Southern rock genre in the 1970’s. Their hits include the singles “Can’t You See”, “Heard It In A Love Song”, and “Fire On The Mountain”. Tickets go on sale Fri...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly