Vitorial Maloch Recognized for Efforts to Make Rice 'The Official Grain of the State of Arkansas Print E-mail

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — December 18, 2008

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LITTLE ROCK, AR — USA Rice Federation last week recognized Victoria Moloch, daughter of Arkansas State Representative Bruce and Martha Maloch of Magnolia, for her efforts to designate rice as ‘The Official Grain of the State of Arkansas’ by encouraging the adoption of HB 2434 in the 2007 session of the Arkansas General Assembly. Maloch recognized that Arkansas grows nearly 50 percent of the rice produced in the United States and felt that the state should acknowledge the significance of the grain and the industry.  She eventually persuaded her father to introduce a bill to establish rice as the state’s official grain.

“I thought that bringing this idea to my dad seemed kind of trivial at first, but since Arkansas produces half of the rice in the United States, it seemed only natural that rice should be the state’s official grain,” Maloch said during the 2008 Rice Awards luncheon last week.  USA Rice awarded Maloch with a plaque for her work in publicizing the importance of the rice industry to the state.“It’s extremely gratifying to see the enthusiasm that Victoria brought to this effort to put the spotlight on Arkansas rice,” Arkansas Rice Council President Robert Petter said.  “I congratulate her on this achievement.”