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Lonoke County team wins first Rice Expo Quiz Bowl

By the U of A System Division of Agriculture
Aug. 12, 2016 

Fast Facts:

  • Lonoke County team takes top honors in Rice Quiz Bowl
  • First year for quiz bowl to be held at Arkansas Rice Expo 

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STUTTGART, Ark. – Lonoke, Arkansas and Saline counties took the top three spots respectively in the Arkansas Rice Expo’s first Rice Quiz Bowl. 

8-10-2016 Quiz Bowl 1st Place

The competition was part of the sixth annual Arkansas Rice Expo, held Wednesday at the Grand Prairie Center in Stuttgart. 

The winning Lonoke County team was comprised of Caleb Swears, Graycen Perkins, Georgia Wilkerson and Mark Butler.

Arkansas County’s team was composed of Will Phillips, Rob Phillips, Connor Henry and Rachel Goldman. 

The third-place Saline County team was made up of Anna Shelton, Anastasia Mills, Andrew Bartle and Brittany Grace. 

The quiz bowl was organized by Amy Carroll, Prairie County extension agent; Keith Perkins, Lonoke County Extension staff chair; and Sara Beth Johnson, also of Lonoke County extension, and Jarrod Hardke, extension rice agronomist. 

“They knew a lot more about rice than I ever dreamed they would and they knew things some folks working in the rice industry might now know,” Perkins said. “When you walk into a rice field, you don’t necessarily know how many chromosomes rice has or even the crop’s scientific name, but our kids did.” 

Perkins said the quiz bowl provided the youth an opportunity to learn more about rice and the rice industry. 

“We wanted to get more youth actively involved in an activity that was educational and fun,” he said.  

“There are quiz bowls for dairy and beef and horses,” Perkins said. “But none for row crops in Arkansas that we knew of. We had some of the youth who are growing up in farm families and some who had never been in a rice field before. It worked out well.” 

For more information about rice production, contact your county extension office or visit


The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact ( as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay. 

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Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126

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