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Delta Rice Promotions began informally August 1, 1991, when a group of Extension Service clientele and Farm Bureau members from Bolivar County met at the Bolivar County Extension Service to discuss how to celebrate the first ever nationally proclaimed “Rice Month” to be held in September of that year. This first meeting led to expanding the “Rice Tasting Luncheon” sponsored in past years by the Bolivar County Extension Service and Bolivar County Farm Bureau.
“Friday the 13th,” September 1991, became a lucky day. The first ever “National Rice Month” Luncheon was a huge success. Since 1991, the Rice Luncheon is held on the 3rd Friday of September and over the years, attendance has grown from 1,000 to 2,000. The average crowd attendance is around 2,000 participants.
Today, Delta Rice Promotions’ mission is exclusively for the promotion of the Mississippi-produced rice. Their activities include eighteen Annual National Rice Luncheons, the writing and publishing of the rice cookbook, “Between the Levees,” the Mississippi Rice Cook-Off contest, educational programs, grocery store promotions, speaking to various groups about Mississippi RICE and exhibits at various Expos and Trade shows. In 1994, Delta Rice Promotions won the first ever USA Rice Federation Award for the best September Rice Month Promotion. In 1996, Delta Rice Promotions was presented with the Award of Excellence by the USA Rice Federation for rice promotions in the state.
Did you know…
- September is National Rice Month.
- Mississippi ranks 4th nationally for rice production.
- The United States is the 4th largest exporter of rice worldwide.
- The United States exports rice to more than 100 countries.
- Rice is the primary dietary staple for more than half the world’s population.
- More than 80 percent of the rice consumed in the United states is also grown in the United States.
- Americans consume about 25 pounds of rice per year.
- When stored properly, uncooked rice needs no refrigeration and does not lose nutritional value.
Facts About U.S. Grown Rice…
- Triggers the production of serotonin in the brain.
- Free of sodium, cholesterol and gluten.
- Contains only a trace of fat but no trans fat or saturated fat.
- Contributes more than 15 vitamins and minerals such as folic acid and other B-vitamins.
- Supplies complex carbohydrates for the body and brain to function.
Brown Rice Facts
Did you know…
- Brown Rice is rice in its unmilled form (still covered with an outer layer of bran).
- Brown Rice is a 100% whole grain food and contains beneficial phytonutrients that have been found to help reduce the risk of heart disease, certain cancers, type II diabetes and potentially aid in weight management.
- Brown Rice is gluten-free and contains no trans fat or cholesterol and only a trace amount of fat and sodium.
- Recently, the FDA agreed that packages of whole grain brown rice would be permitted to carry a health claim stating that “Diets rich in whole grain foods and other plant foods and low in total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol may help reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers.
- Brown rice is a little bit more nutritious than white rice because it has a little more fiber and some vitamin E, but when white rice is enriched with iron, niacin, thiamin and folic acid, it is just as nutritious as brown rice.
- Brown Rice is preferred by some because it has a nutty flavor and a chewy texture.
Question? How long can rice be stored?
Answer: Milled rice—white, parboiled or pre-cooked—will keep almost indefinitely on the pantry shelf. Once opened, rice should be stored in a tightly-closed container that keeps out dust, moisture and other contaminants. Brown rice, because of the oil in the bran layer, has a limited shelf life of approximately 6 months. Refrigerator storage is recommended for longer shelf life. Cooked rice should be stored in a shallow container, cover, and place in refrigerator. It may be stored in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days, or frozen up to 6 months.
Question? Where is rice produced in the United States?
Answer: The 6 major rice producing states are Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Texas. These states produce about 20 billion pounds of rice each year.
Question? How much rice is consumed in the United States annually?
Answer: Americans consume about 25 pounds of rice per year. 85% of the rice consumed in the U.S. is grown in the U.S.
Question? What type of rice is grown in the U.S.?
Answer: Long-, medium- and short-grain rice as well as aromatic and specialty varieties.
Question? Which is healthier nutritionally – brown or white?
Answer: Both! The U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans and My Pyramid recommend “making half of all grain servings whole,” or three servings per day for a 2,000-calorie diet. The other grain servings for the day should come from either enriched or whole grain foods, like enriched white and whole grain brown rice.
Items available for purchase:
“Between the Levees” cookbook, $10.00
“Eat Rice” car tag, $5.00
Annual Rice Tasting Luncheon
A Rice Tasting Luncheon is held each year on the third Friday of September. September is National Rice Month. More than 300 rice dishes are prepared by Delta area residents and restaurants. 2010 marked Delta Rice Promotions 20th year. Tickets for this annual event may be purchased at County Extension Offices throughout the Delta, as well as local Farm Bureau Offices. You can also purchase tickets at the door on the day of the event. For more information, please call the Bolivar County Extension Service at 843-8371.