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This month marks 23rd National Rice Month

USA Rice is marking occasion with social media promotions, cooking/photo contest

9/5/2013 at 12:00 a.m.

This month marks the 23rd anniversary of National Rice Month.

USA Rice Federation is marking the occasion with social media promotions and a cooking/photo contest. Throughout the month, USA Rice will share recipes and facts on Facebook and Twitter to educate consumers on the culinary versatility of U.S.-grown rice. In the "U.S. Rice Around the World in 30 Days!" contest, consumers are being encouraged to prepare a rice dish and submit a photo. At the end of the month, three winners will be selected to win a rice cooker.

Initiated by an act of Congress in 1991, National Rice Month helps increase awareness of rice and recognizes the contribution the U.S. rice industry makes to America’s economy. Arkansas is the nation’s No. 1 rice producer and processor. The rice industry contributes more than $4 billion annually to the state’s economy.

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