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Arkansas rice farms also make a strong contribution to the environment. Rice fields in Arkansas, combined with natural wetlands, provide the single most important wintering area for North America’s mallards. Winter flooding of rice fields also helps prevent erosion, control weeds and protect soil nutrients.

With more than 10,000 members, the Arkansas Rice Federation serves as the primary voice for the Arkansas rice industry.

The Arkansas Rice Federation is the state advocate for all segments of the Arkansas rice industry with a mission to promote and protect the interests of producers, millers, merchants and allied businesses.

Arkansas rice farmers and millers contribute more than $6 billion to the state’s economy annually and account for over 25,000 jobs, which are crucial to rural communities.

The Arkansas Rice Federation is the state's largest rice industry trade association, serving as the umbrella organization for all sectors including the Arkansas Rice Farmers, Arkansas Rice Council, Arkansas Rice Millers and Arkansas Rice Merchants.