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Arkansas Rice

Arkansas farmers

contribute to a U.S. food system that allows the average citizen to spend less than 10% of their income on food.

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Agriculture is Arkansas’ largest industry

adding around $16 billion to the state’s economy every year.

Arkansas agriculture accounts for approximately 25% of the state’s economy and approximately 24% of the jobs in the state.

Poultry production is the largest segment of Arkansas agriculture; contributing nearly $4 billion to the economy and more than 116,000 jobs.

Rice is Arkansas’ number one export at an estimated $1 billion annually.


Arkansas has a diverse landscape

from mountains and forests to prairies and wetlands. Arkansas farmers use a variety of conservation practices and technology to help protect this environment.

Arkansas farmers spend approximately $125 million a year on conservation programs.

Arkansas farmers utilize conservation tillage, build water reservoirs and recovery systems, install buffer strips, fence livestock out of streams and rivers, and implement nutrient management plans and best management practices.