WHAT DOES YOUR RICE CHECKOFF INVESTMENT DO FOR YOU?

Since 1985, Arkansas farmers and first handlers have split the responsibility of paying rice check-off funds. Half the money collected goes to support research, usually at the University of Arkansas, and half goes towards promotion and market development, through a partnership with USA Rice, the national trade organization for the industry.

Arkansas rice check-off funds...

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IN THE MARKET:
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facilitated the conversion of Taiwan to a 90% Arkansas-specific medium grain market

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helped establish a Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. and Iraq in 2016 which led to
purchase of 390,000 MT of U.S. rice to date

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sponsored the Think Rice Road Trip where dozens of events across 15 states directly touched the
lives of more than 4,000 consumers

ON THE FARM:
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fund the weed seed screening program for herbicide resistance that has given

Arkansas growers a return on investment of 30:1

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through the adoption of multiple inlet irrigation from 2002-2018, resulted in reduced water use, energy savings, and eco-system services for a return on investment of 79:1

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helped develop the N*Star program that has reduced N application by an average of 42 lb/acre for 83% of the enrolled fields

ARKANSAS RICE CHECK-OFF VALUE

   Arkansas rice check off dollars have achieved multiple victories for the industry despite not keeping up with inflation. Today’s check off amount is worth just 41% of what it was in 1985. Every dollar invested in the University of Arkansas rice breeding program has resulted in benefits worth $28.49.

Arkansas rice check-off funds...

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ON THE FARM:
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supported research in Arkansas that has led to enhanced yields through breeding programs, and research in soil, water, and pest control, such as sheath blight resistance that has increased yields by 8.21 bushels per acre

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improved blast resistance increasing average yields by more than 3 bushels per acre

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developed multiple inlet rice irrigation that is currently used on more than 30% of Arkansas rice acres, resulting in increased irrigation efficiency and decreased water use by 23.8% with no yield loss

IN THE MARKET:
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enable USA Rice to conduct 2,700 promotions in 25 countries around the world each year

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defended against cheap Vietnamese rice flooding into Haiti, protecting U.S. market share of 95%,

valued at $208 million annually

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generated more than 22 million consumer impressions in 2017/2018 through USA Rice’s promotion

programs at 10 grocery store chains

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allowed for the expansion of the annual Foodservice Farm & Mill tour to include continuing education
credits for attendees