The Asia Rice Foundation USA, Inc. (ARFUSA) was founded by former IRRI staff members who worked and lived in countries where rice is vital for food and livelihoods. We started this foundation in 1999 to support activities that help contribute toward a world that can feed itself, treasure the rich heritage of rice cultures, and value rice growing land as a precious resource to be shared with future generations. We are particularly interested in encouraging the next generation of rice scientists through our Travel and Study Awards for young scholars. 

ARFUSA maintains close links with IRRI, the Dale Bumpers Rice Research CenterThe University of California, DavisCornell UniversityMichigan State UniversityTexas A&M University, and other organizations with an interest in rice.

ARFUSA is recognized as a nonprofit organization by the United States Internal Revenue Service. Our only costs are the website, some postage, and related communication expenses. So, virtually all contributions and donations that we receive go to our Travel and Study Grant Program.

Our Mission: Contribute toward a world that can feed itself, treasure the rich heritage of rice cultures, and value rice growing land as a precious resource .
Members of the ARFUSA Board at the 2019 Sacramento meeting.
L to R: Bob Herdt, Kevin Murphy, Renu Miles, Short Heinrichs, Ranjiv Khush, Kristin Stark, Bob Zeigler, Ronnie Coffman, Russ Freed. 
Organized in 1999
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ARFUSA Board of trustees
Asia Rice Foundation USA, Inc.
82 Ashlar Village
Wallingford, CT 06492
eheinrichs2@unl.edu

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IRRI Reunion at ARFUSA

We had a wonderful IRRI Reunion at the 20th Asian Rice Foundation USA (ARFUSA) Board meeting last July in Sacramento, CA. 

Cameron Pittelkow reported how his ARFUSA scholarship helped him in his professional career. Cameron was recently hired as a rice agronomist at UC Davis.

We saw a fabulous Gene Hettel video on IRRI. Over 65 attended, including 12 “Next-Generation” IRRI “kids” – one of whom said, “this is a place we can be “kids again!”

Thanks to The Rice Trader for assisting with the event



Next Year's Annual Meeting 
East Lansing, MI 
July 29-31, 2021