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The Great Wall of China is held together with sticky rice! The Great Wall was built
in the 15th and 16th centuries where builders used porridge made with rice and calcium
carbonates as a mortar to hold the stones together.
White rice is good for years! Uncooked white rice will stay edible and fresh for 10
to 30 years, while the shelf life of uncooked brown rice is around 3 to 6 months because
the natural bran coating will oxidize.
Rice is grown on every continent except Antarctica. - Rice is easy to grow, adaptable,
and has a high yield, making it a great crop to grow and feed a large population.
One seed of rice planted will yield around 3,000 grains of edible rice.
From the beginning... In 1904, William Fuller became one of the first farmers to grow
rice successfully in Carlisle, Arkansas. By 1910, rice production, research, and milling
were established across the state.
Arkansas ranks first among rice-producing states, accounting for more than 40% of
U.S. rice production -- primarily long and medium grain varieties. Rice production
is concentrated in the state's eastern half, stretching from Louisiana to the Missouri
borders. Arkansas rice is known for its versatility and can be used in a wide variety
of cuisines. It is enjoyed in the U.S. and throughout the world.
In the 1800s, growers in the Arkansas Delta needed a dependable, profitable crop,
and rice became a contender almost by accident when W. H. Fuller ventured south to
Louisiana in August of 1896 on a hunting trip. He first saw rice growing there, ultimately
leading to the state's development of a leading agricultural industry. Fuller, along
with his brother-in-law John Morris and John’s wife Emma, are generally credited with
founding the Arkansas rice industry. By 1910, rice production, research, and milling
were established in the state.
Today, rice is grown in 40 counties across Arkansas, primarily in the state's eastern
region but also in the Ouachita and Red River Valleys in the west and southwest regions.
In 2021, Arkansas rice producers harvested over one million acres and hit a record
state average yield of 169.6 bushels/acre; W. H. Fuller harvested an average of 74.6
bushels/acre in 1904. With that increase in rice production, sustainability is certainly
not lost on producers.
Arkansas rice farmers are committed to protecting and preserving the natural state
by producing more rice while using less land, energy, and water than they did 20 years
ago. Working rice fields also provide critical wildlife habitats for many species
of birds, mammals, and reptiles. It is no coincidence that Stuttgart, Arkansas has
the reputation of being named the rice capital of Arkansas as well as the duck capital
of the world; rice fields and wildlife have a long-standing relationship that farmers
fight to maintain.
With 96% of farms being family owned and operated across the state, consuming Arkansas-grown
rice is supporting our neighbors who continually produce quality food and supplies.