Early Arkansas rice growers faced challenges: Part I

Early Arkansas rice producers faced significant challenges

If you drive across the Grand Prairie of Arkansas you might get the impression the area has always looked like that – thousands and thousands of acres of rice fields stretching as far into the horizon as you can see.

But the story of how the Grand Prairie region came to be “the Rice Capitol of the United States” is much more complicated than that, including a series of fits and starts that might have discouraged less resilient men – and women – than the pioneers of the rice industry in Arkansas.

Richard Morris, a fourth generation rice farmer from Carlisle, Ark., discussed the struggles of the early days of rice in Arkansas in this first of a series of videos from a presentation at the 2018 Arkansas Soil & Water Education Conference at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Ark.

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