Good news for rice producers in Louisiana and Arkansas.
Iraq has agreed to purchase 90 million pounds of rice from the United States.
“Iraq is buying three times more rice than we requested in our letter, so I’m thrilled that this resulted in such a successful sale. A purchase of this great amount will have an immediate and strong impact on the American rice market, and this is certainly a testament to American rice producers, who grow the best rice in the world,” said Congressman Ralph Abraham, a member of the House Agriculture Committee.
Louisiana is a top state for rice production.
Louisiana producers harvested 2.7 billion pounds of rice worth $372.7 million in 2017, according to the LSU AgCenter.