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Global impact of Arkansas rice production featured in next ‘Good Roots’ on Arkansas PBS

Posted 10 Nov 2021

Nov. 12 segment visits Eastern Arkansas, Museum of the Arkansas Grand Prairie

CONWAY, Ark. (Arkansas PBS) — An estimated 510 million tons of rice are consumed around the world each year, and Arkansas is the top producer in the United States. As another rice harvest draws to a close, “Good Roots” travels to Eastern Arkansas to explore the crop’s history, its economic impact and its golden future in the latest segment airing during “Arkansas Week” Friday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. on Arkansas PBS and livestreaming at


Arkansas is a global leader of rice production, exporting 9 billion pounds per year to more than 25 countries. Host Lauren McCullough speaks with Kelly Robbins, executive director of Arkansas Rice, who shares current details about this top commodity. She tours the Museum of the Arkansas Grand Prairie in Stuttgart and visits Whitaker Farms in McGehee.


“Good Roots,” produced in partnership with Arkansas Farm Bureau, seeks to shine a light on Arkansas’s rich rural culture and communities. Segments focus on the real stories of rural life, while addressing relevant topics like agriculture, health care, the economy, technology, policy and more. The segment airs the second Friday of each month during “Arkansas Week.” Additional information is available at


Segments and bonus footage of “Good Roots” are also featured on all Arkansas PBS digital platforms, including YouTubeFacebook, the Engage Arkansas PBS app and the PBS Video app. A blog series accompanies the segments at


Major funding for “Good Roots” is provided by Arkansas Farm Bureau.


About Arkansas Farm Bureau

Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private advocacy organization with almost 190,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life. Farm Bureau is an independent, voluntary organization of farm and ranch families united for the purpose of analyzing their problems and formulating action to achieve educational improvement, economic opportunity, social advancement and promote the national well-being.


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