U.S. area planted to all types of rice is projected to rebound in 2012 from 2011’s overall low level and then rise gradually over the next decade. Long-grain plantings rise throughout the projections, while medium- and short-grain area initially declines in 2012 from a high level in 2011 before rising in subsequent years.

U.S. rice exports are projected to increase, after rebounding from a low level in 2011-12, although more slowly than overall global rice trade. Nonetheless, long-run gains in producer returns after 2014 support rising U.S. rice acreage, USDA projects.

Continued growth of U.S. rough-rice exports to Latin America (nearly all long-grain rice) is projected to account for most of the overall expansion of U.S. rice exports.