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U.S. and Global Rice Situation and Outlook

by Bobby Coats - August 30, 2018

The August 30 video presented and analyzed the most current USDA forecasts for both the 2018/19 U.S. and global rice markets. For the U.S., a substantial boost in production was expected to lead to larger ending stocks, despite expanded trade and domestic use, and to lower farm prices. Globally, world rice trade was projected to again reach a new record in 2019, led by steady growth in demand from Sub-Saharan Africa and continued strong purchases by China. Little change was expected for global ending stocks in 2018/19, despite projected record global consumption.

Dr. Nathan Childs, Agricultural Economist, USDA’s Economic Research Service Bio Photo

Nathan Childs is an agricultural economist with USDA’s Economic Research Service. His current activities include managing ERS’ contribution to the rice situation and outlook program and supporting the Department’s annual Baseline forecasting activities. Nathan joined ERS in 1987. During his career, he has worked on a variety of topics including U.S. rice consumption patterns, global trade liberalization, farm program analysis, and supported emerging market projects to Taiwan, China, Vietnam, and Haiti. In the early 1990s, Nathan was editor of USDA’s weekly Agricultural Outlook magazine.