Although the European Union still won't buy
The 2006-07 forecast for U.S. rice is up to 102 million hundredweight, compared to a 97 million estimate in November. USDA says increased imports of
"Despite a reduction in exports to some markets due to [presence of unapproved] biotech rice, exports to other markets are doing well, particularly to markets in the Western Hemisphere," USDA says.
European Union officials discovered an unapproved strain of genetically modified rice in U.S. rice shipments to Europe earlier this year, prompting the EU to halt U.S. rice imports.