One seed of rice yields more than 3,000 grains. It is the highest yielding cereal grain and can grow in many kinds of environment and soils.
Canada does not produce rice. It grows wild rice, which is not a true rice, but the seed of an aquatic grass. The majority of rice on store shelves that is consumed in Canada is grown in the U.S. Essentially, U.S.-grown rice is as local as it gets for Canadians.
The U.S. produces more than 40 commercial varieties of rice each year in paddy, brown, white, parboiled and precooked forms.
The United States is one of the largest exporters of rice, supplying about 8 per cent of the rice that enters world trade.
American rice continues to be renowned for its consistency, cleanliness and high quality.
The U.S. has been producing rice for more than 300 years. It is grown in six states: Arkansas, Louisiana, California, Mississippi, Texas and Missouri. Together, Arkansas, California and Louisiana account for about 80% of U.S. rice acreage and production.
American rice farmers and farms serve double duty! Not only are they the largest exporters of rice, their winter rice fields provide important habitat for migratory waterfowl and other species.
Every year, rice is the principal cereal and significant calorie source for nearly two-thirds of the world’s population. Worldwide, rice supplies mankind with 20 per cent of its total energy and 13 per cent of its required protein.
Rice is currently cultivated in more than 100 countries. In many of these countries, entire populations rely on rice as their principal form of nourishment.