In 2012 U.S. rice production was 199.5 million cwt, up 8 percent from 2011, and was valued at nearly $3.0 billion. Arkansas was the leading producer of rice, primarily raising long-grain rice. The state's total rice crop was valued at $1.4 billion and accounted for 46 percent of U.S. production. California, the second largest producer of rice, mainly raised medium-grain rice. The state's total rice crop was valued at $770.7 million in 2012 and accounted for 26 percent of U.S. production.  (NASS 2013)

U.S. rice production accounts for less than two percent of the world total; however, the United States is an important exporter due to the relatively small percentage of rice traded globally. In recent years, about half of U.S. production has been exported.  July 2013 ...  Rice



Businesses/Case Studies

  • Farmers’ Rice Cooperative, Sacramento, California - Over 700 growers in Northern California belong to this rice marketing cooperative. The growers produce high-quality Calrose, short grain and premium medium grain rice for the domestic market and for export.
  • Lundberg Family Farms, Richvale, California - This family-owned and -operated rice farm is located in the Sacramento Valley. The farm raises brown and specialty rice varieties using organic and sustainable growing practices called Nutra-Farmed. The farm also markets a line of brown rice products.
  • Riceland Foods, Stuttgart, Arkansas - This farmer-owned cooperative provides marketing services for rice, soybeans and wheat. Created in 1921, the cooperative has become the world’s largest miller and marketer of rice.

Links checked November 2013.