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By the U of A System Division of AgricultureAug. 12, 2016
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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.
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
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
For more information about rice production, contact your county extension office or
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