ALICIA, Ark. (AP) — U.S. farmers believe they are close to getting permission to sell rice to China, a move that could be a game changer for an industry that's seen prices stagnate.Rice industry officials recently hosted Chinese inspectors at farms in Arkansas, California and Louisiana.Though the U.S. ships rice to more than 100 countries, China severely restricts imports from the U.S., saying it hasn't certified that American rice is free of diseases, bugs or pests.But with 1.3 billion people who see rice as an important part of their culture, China has the potential to greatly drive up demand and prices for U.S. rice.Industry observers say working with China is tricky though and it's not clear when the country might start to allow shipments.



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