The U.N. World Food Programme has warned that global rice production could grow another 7.3 million tonnes this year, despite drought-related crop failures in Brazil, India and the Middle East.
Agricultural production in the United States rose 7.4 million tonnes, or 0.6 per cent, to 7.2 million tonnes.
That is the biggest jump in two years, according to the World Bank.
Agri-food imports rose to the highest level since 2006, as U.K. imports fell to their lowest level since 2007.
The number of U.F.O.s imported from the United Kingdom also hit a record low, falling 1.5 per cent.
But there was some good news in the World Food Program report.
Agribusiness production increased by 1.1 million tonnes in the second quarter.
That was the biggest increase in the two years since the World Trade Organization’s International Trade Commission started compiling data.
U.S.-based agribusy groups, like Rice Growers Association, had already been optimistic about the year ahead, saying they were looking forward to a robust 2017.