Mississippi Rice Facts

Mississippi State University: http://www.dafvm.msstate.edu/factbook.pdf

  • Mississippi is #5 in the U.S. in terms of states that grow the most rice
  • 10,800,000 hundredweight of rice was produced in 2015
  • There are 259 rice-producing farms in Mississippi
  • $132 million value of rice production in 2015
  • Top producing county is Bolivar County

Mississippi 5 Year Averages:
Information below was gathered using reports provided by the United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service. Specifically, the Agricultural Prices Reports averaging acreage and prices from 2010-2015.

  • Mississippi rice farmers plant an average of 180,700+ acres of rice each year (5 year average)
  • The sale of Mississippi rice generates an average revenue of $184 million+ (5 year average)

Other Mississippi Rice Facts:

  • Rice production is concentrated in the northeast area of the Mississippi
  • Mississippi rice counties: Bolivar, Coahoma, Desoto, Humphreys, Leflore, Panola, Quitman, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tunica, and Washington (12 out of 82 counties or 15% of the state)
  • Rice ranks among the state’s top agricultural exports
  • Mississippi’s rice crop is harvested in August and September

General U.S. Rice Facts:

  • Rice farmers in Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, California, Missouri, and Texas grow 18 billion pounds of rice each year.
  • And nearly 81 percent of the rice Americans eat is grown by America’s rice farmers which means it’s sustainable, healthy, and affordable – not to mention delicious and convenient! Now that’s reason celebrate!
  • Over a 20 year period, rice farmers nationwide have achieved a:
    • 21% decrease in land use
    • 32% reduction in water use
    • 34% decrease in soil loss
    • 52% reduction in energy use
    • 29% reduction in soil methane production

For information about different varieties of rice, go to http://www.thinkrice.com/at-home/rice-varieties/.