Good news for Louisiana rice farmers.
Iraq has agreed to purchase 15,000 metric tons of rice from the United States.
Louisiana is one of the top three rice-producing states in the country, along with California and Arkansas.
“This is a tremendous win for American rice producers. Anytime we can sell our commodities in large transactions like these, it elevates the entire industry. Louisiana is one of the top rice-producing states in the nation, and our growers will almost certainly benefit from this deal” said. Congressman Ralph Abraham.
Louisiana rice producers grew 2.7 billion pounds of rice across 390,000 acres for a total production value of $372.7 million in 2017, according to the LSU AgCenter. Acadiana and Northeast Louisiana account for most of the rice production in the state.