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Road Trip to the "Delta Region" of Arkansas
The Arkansas Delta Byways region has a rich natural and cultural heritage.  Arkansas' recorded history is anchored here, where the early settlers crossed the Mississippi and located among the swamps and bayous.  Long before the settlers, however, the region was home to Native Americans. Today, this fertile region is known for its agriculture. Major crops include cotton, rice, soybeans, wheat, milo, corn and peaches.


A 190 mile drive (round trip) from Central Arkansas to the Delta Region in Eastern Arkansas proved to be a very educational one.

The purpose of the trip was to attend the “Annual Rice Expo” held in Stuttgart, Arkansas.

Arkansas ranks first among six major rice-producing states, accounting for approximately 50 % of U.S. rice production. Since Arkansas rice can be used in a wide variety of cuisines, it is enjoyed in the United States and throughout the world.

In Arkansas, managed rice fields and natural wetlands provide an important wintering area for North America’s water birds. During the winter months, rice farmers capture rainwater in rice fields, creating vital resting and foraging habitat for migratory and wintering waterfowl, Winter flooding of rice fields also helps to prevent erosion, control weeds and protect soil nutrients,

Please enjoy the photos of the rice growing in the field, tabletop display using rice, and rice dishes on display at the event.

Arkansas Delta
Rice Field
Rice Plant
Rice Bouquet
Rice and Vegetables
Rice and Duck Display
Rice and Flowers
Rice Tabletop
Rice Tabletop Winner
Rice Casserole Dish
Spanish Rice Casserole