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- Arkansas, the nation’s top rice producer, topped rice farm output value with $1.9 billion, followed by California ($1.8 billion); Louisiana ($640 million); Texas ($400 million); Mississippi ($350 million); and Missouri ($300 million).
There are myriad end-users for rice, with the largest categories being exporters, processed food manufacturers, brewers, and pet food manufacturers. The total estimates for this sector were $18.1 billion of economic output, 53,651 direct jobs, and about $8.6 billion of value added to the U.S. economy.
The processed food sector in total supported 21,800 jobs that can be traced to its purchasing and processing of rice. Value added to the U.S. economy from food processors was $2.7 billion and the economic output was $6.85 billion.
The brewery industry contributed 3,888 jobs, a value added of $483 million and an economic impact of $1.19 billion that is attributable to its use of rice in 2009. Total U.S. economic output from rice use by pet food manufacturers is $1.2 billion, as well as the total value added contribution of $430 million, with the jobs attributable to the rice industry at 4,454.
Eighty-five percent of the rice consumed by Americans is grown here. This study provides the most recent estimate of the economic contributions of rice farmers, millers, and selected end users to rice-states and nation.
The complete report is on the USA Rice Web site, www.usarice.com.