U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for September 10: National Rice Month

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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for September 10: National Rice Month
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WASHINGTON, Sept. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

NATIONAL RICE MONTH

Profile America — Saturday, September 10th.  To highlight its importance, both as a crop and as part of the changing U.S. diet, this is National Rice Month.  Globally, rice is the world's most important cereal grain.  Reflecting both our increasing cultural diversity and awareness of good nutrition, Americans have increased their annual consumption of rice from 1980's 9½ pounds to today's 26 pounds each.  Rice has been grown in America since the late 17th century, and is currently a nearly $3 billion a year crop.  While raising only 2 percent of the world's rice, the U.S. is the leading non-Asian exporter, sending nearly $2.2 billion worth annually to overseas markets.  The grain is raised by farmers in Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi and Texas.  You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.

Sources: 
Rice month/accessed 6/29/2016:  http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/national-rice-month-september/ 
Value of rice/accessed 6/29/2016:  http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/farm-income-and-wealth-statistics/annual-cash-receipts-by-commodity.aspx#.U91GDih1SFY 
1980 per capita consumption:  http://www2.census.gov/library/publications/2011/compendia/statab/131ed/tables/12s0217.xls 
2014 U.S. per capita consumption/accessed 6/29/2016:   https://usarice.com/blogs/usa-rice-daily/2015/11/24/domestic-usage-report-per-capita-rice-consumption-increases-in-2014 
Rice exports:  http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/statistics/product/enduse/exports/c0000.html 
Percentage of world volume/accessed 6/29/2016: http://www.mylotrade.com/u-s-rice-exports-2015.html 
Leading states/accessed 6/29/2016: http://www.statista.com/statistics/190823/top-us-states-for-rice-production/

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics and accounts drawn from cited non-Census sources are employed for illustrative or narrative purposes, and are not attested to by the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Audio" in the "Library" pull-down menu). 

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