John Morris and his brother-in-law, William Fuller, were determined to show that rice could be a viable crop in Arkansas, but they faced many obstacles as they tried to grow rice successfully on their farms on the Grand Prairie near Carlisle.
As Richard Morris explains in this second of a three-part series of videos, his great-grandfather, John Morris, met an untimely death on a trip to Louisiana in 1905. But John Morris’ widow, Emma Morris, was determined to see her husband’s vision through and became the first woman rice growers in Arkansas.
Richard Morris, who farms with his son, Matthew, talked about the early days of rice production in Arkansas in a presentation at the Arkansas Soil & Water Education Conference at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. Nearly 400 farmers, industry members and students attended the conference on Jan. 31.