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Meet U.S. Rice Farmers

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Rice farmer Fred Zaunbrecher standing in front of a field.

Fred Zaunbrecher

Rayne, Louisiana

Multi-Generational Farmer

Favorite Rice Dish is sautéed chicken stew over rice

Fred Zaunbrecher has been farming for nearly forty years on land that has been in his family for five generations.  It’s a job he’s always known and he loves everything about it, especially working there with his three younger brothers.

Harvest is Fred’s favorite time of year because it’s the culmination of all the hard work, long hours, and financial investments.  Fred finds a real sense of accomplishment in delivering a high-quality crop to a mill for processing and distribution here in the U.S. and to global export markets, too.

“People around the world have consumed rice for thousands of years,” says Fred.  “And I don’t think that’s going to change.”