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American rice farmers look to China as the next big market

A rice field in Sacramento, CA.
A rice field in Sacramento, CA.
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Rice is such a staple of the Chinese diet that the country could eat through America's annual production in a mere 17 days. Lately, China has been looking to other countries to bolster its supply and American rice farmers are keen to take advantage of the opportunity. But as Los Angeles Times reporter David Pierson explains, there are some significant regulatory hurdles in the way.