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National Rice Month

September 10, 2014

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Profile America — Wednesday, September 10th. To highlight its importance, both as a crop and as part of the changing U.S. diet, this is National Rice Month. Globally, rice is the world's most important cereal grain. Reflecting both our increasing cultural diversity and awareness of good nutrition, Americans have increased their annual consumption of rice from 1980's 9½ pounds to today's 31 pounds each. Rice has been grown in America since the late 17th century, and is currently a $3 billion a year crop. While not the world's leading producer, the U.S. is the leading non-Asian exporter of rice, sending nearly $2.3 billion worth annually to overseas markets. The grain is raised by farmers in Arkansas, California, Mississippi, Texas, Missouri and Louisiana. Profile America is in its17th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.


Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | Last Revised: August 28, 2014