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U.S. Rice Facts

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  • The U.S. rice industry produces 20 billion pounds of rice annually. 
  • There are 5,563 rice farmers throughout the country that grow rice across a collective 2.8 million acres. 
  • Most of the farming is done by family farms across six major rice-producing states of Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Texas. 
  • On average, each rice farm contributes $1 million to their local economy. 
  • The U.S. rice industry contributes more than $34 billion to the U.S. economy annually and provides jobs for more than 125,000 people in the U.S.
  • The U.S. is the 5th largest rice exporter in the world and the largest rice exporter outside of Asia.
  • Each year the U.S. rice industry distributes 40 million pounds of rice to combat food insecurity. 
  • 95 percent of all sushi eaten in the U.S. is made with U.S.-grown rice.
  • 80 percent of all the rice consumed in the U.S. is grown in the U.S. 
  • The average American consumes 27 pounds of rice a year. 
  • U.S.-grown rice is naturally gluten-free and the least allergenic of all the grains. 
  • All U.S.-grown rice is sodium-free, cholesterol-free, and GMO-free. 
  • A serving of U.S.-grown rice delivers over 15 vitamins and minerals. 
  • National Rice Month (September) was officially designated by a presidential proclamation in 1991.