In Louisiana, rice is the top agricultural export. That means that more rice is sent out of our state than any other agricultural commodity. Louisiana grows rice on approximately 400,000 acres each year with the annual crop valued around $360 million. Rice production and processing accounts for thousands of jobs and approximately $200 million of economic value every year. Do you have rice fields in the parish you live in? 29 of the 64 parishes in Louisiana grow rice.
Rice can be a nutritious addition to your diet! According to MyPlate, a guide from the USDA for healthful eating habits, the 5 food groups are fruits, vegetables, protein, grains, and dairy. Who can guess what group rice belongs to? Rice belongs in the grain food group. This tiny, little grain is full of nutrients and essential vitamins and minerals. It helps supply our bodies with energy while being naturally free of sodium, cholesterol and gluten. Research shows that rice can play a role in our overall health. Brown rice is a whole grain because only the hull has been removed. White rice has the hull, bran and germ removed.
Can you name the parts of a rice seed?
(See answers on bottom of this page.)
Place funnel in neck of whole, intact balloon. Pour rice into funnel, filling the balloon. Blow very small amount of air into balloon (this helps it be squishy). Tie the balloon. Cover the tied balloon with the cut balloon (this is extra protection from busting). Squish the stress ball with your hand.
1 cup chicken broth
1 ⅓ cup instant rice
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
1 small onion, diced
3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
1 cup frozen peas and carrots – optional
Compiled and Presented by Ashley Powell, Northeast Region 4-H Coordinator, Louisiana 4-H
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture