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Riceland
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Hunger Relief
According to the most recent statistics, some 805 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life.* Riceland is the largest miller and marketer of rice in the United States, so our family farmer owners feel a deep sense of responsibility to help address and draw attention to this critical issue. Our efforts begin right here at home. Learn more below.
About Our Relief Efforts

Why

#RicelandGives

The data below shows the important role that rice plays in a healthy diet and they highlight why we have chosen to work with respected local partners to begin our battle against hunger right here in our backyard.

Did You Know?Did You Know?Did You Know?

Nine in 10 Americans don’t eat enough whole grains.

Nine in 10 Americans don’t eat enough whole grains.

Eating one cup of cooked brown rice provides two of three recommended daily servings of whole grain
Eating rice boosts diet quality, reduces body weight, and improves other markers for health.

Eating rice boosts diet quality, reduces body weight, and improves other markers for health.*

*Food and Nutrition Sciences, 2014

Food Security

In the United States

(in 2012)
Households with "low food security” have more severe problems, experiencing “deeper hunger and cutting back or skipping meals on a more frequent basis with both adults and children.*"
In 2012, 15% of households were food insecure.

In 2012 15% of households were food insecure.

Equating to 49 million Americans living in food insecure households, 33.1 million adults and 15.9 million children.
In 2012, Arkansas ranked first in the category “very low food security” at 8.1%.
In 2012, Arkansas ranked first in the category “very low food security” at 8.1%.
19.7%, or about one in five Arkansans, do not know where their next meal is coming from.
19.7%, or about one in five Arkansans, do not know where their next meal is coming from.
*Coleman-Jensen, A., Nord, M., & Singh, A.. (2013). Household Food Security in the United States in 2012. USDA ERS.

Riceland Cooperative

Responsibility

Our cooperative responsibility is the connection between our farmer-members who grow the crop and the consumers who enjoy our Riceland Rice products. Our goal is to continually improve the long-term sustainability of our farmers and the food supply.

Sustainable Practices by Riceland Farmer-Members

(Survey)

  • Water Conservation

    Biodiversity

    97% utilize a rice soybean rotation to ensure soil health.

  • Water Conservation

    Fertility Management

    92% take soil samples to ensure the proper amount of nutrients are added to the soil.

  • Water Conservation

    Continuing Education

    72% attend field days to learn about new production methods and research coming available.

  • Water Conservation

    Water Conservation

    68% use a soil and water conservation plan to maximize water quality and soil health.

  • Water Conservation

    Waterfowl Habitat

    85% roll rice stubble to provide habitat for migrating waterfowl.

Sustainabile Practices by Riceland Foods

(In-House)

  • Water Conservation

    Water Conservation

    More than 84,000,000 used gallons of water treated and sent back to local municipalities.

  • Water Conservation

    Community Involvement

    1,002,600 servings of rice donated for hunger relief.

  • Water Conservation

    Renewable Energy

    14% of total natural gas usage AND 17% of total electricity usage offset with cogeneration.

  • Water Conservation

    Waste Management

    89% of rice byproduct waste diverted from landfills. 7,283 tons of solid waste recycled.

  • Water Conservation

    Continuing Education

    Over 30 years of educational opportunities provided to employees through Riceland’s Training and Education Center.

Sustainable

Results

Sustainable agriculture is an integrated system of plant and animal productions practices having a site-specific application that will, over the long term, satisfy the human food and fiber needs, and enhance environmental quality.

Continuous Improvement

Riceland farmer-members are the men and women who plant the seed, nurture their crops and harvest the grain. They are independent decision makers who best understand the unique production characteristics of each field on their farms. Scientific studies during the past 30 years shows that rice production today requires less land, water and energy while reducing soil erosion and greenhouse gas emissions.

Creating Wildlife Habitat

Harvested rice fields provide critical habitat for migrating waterfowl. Riceland partners with Ducks Unlimited and the USA Rice Federation to help farmers create or improve waterfowl habitat. A recent study estimated the value of rice field habitat at $3.5 billion annually for migrating waterfowl.

Cogeneration

Before rice can be consumed, we remove the outer husk of each kernel. By burning those rice hulls in our co-generation facility, we have replaced more than 17 percent of our electricity and about 14 percent of our natural gas with renewable energy.

Riceland Family

The Riceland family includes more than 1,500 employees who receive, dry, store, transport, process, package and market rice across the United States and to more than 50 foreign destinations. The Riceland Training and Education Center offers professional development and enhanced job skills to employees.

Our Partners

Other Community Partners

ICCM Food Bank

ICCM, short for Inter-Church-Community-Ministry, is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization with a mission to feed the hungry of North Arkansas County. It is composed of 11 different churches and several civic organizations that work anywhere from one week to one month per year serving clients.

"The big food drives that Riceland holds for us are a huge relief for our budget. And, of course, they give us a lot of rice that goes directly to our clients who truly need it."
Bobby Bradbury, director of ICCM Food Bank

Southeast Missouri Food Bank

Founded in 1985, Southeast Missouri Food Bank provides food to charitable and disaster relief programs in Southeast Missouri. Southeast Missouri Food Bank is affiliated with Feeding America (formerly America’s Second Harvest) and Missouri Food Bank Association. Over 180 nonprofit hunger relief agencies in sixteen Southeast Missouri counties are members of the Southeast Missouri Food Bank’s Hunger Relief Network.

Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas

Since 1983 the Food Bank has distributed more than 30 million pounds of food throughout Northeast Arkansas. The Food Bank’s Core Food Distribution Program accepts donated bulk food that would otherwise be destroyed, from local and national manufacturers, retailers and growers. The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas provides hunger relief to people in need by raising awareness, securing resources, and distributing food through a network of non-profit agencies and programs.