Quick facts

- grain crop

- native to China

- Arkansas = biggest US producer

Rice is most commonly used as a food, especially in Asia and the European area.

It can also be used to turn into vinegars and alcohols.

Rice is a very important crop because it feeds millions of people. Without rice, people would starve and world hunger would be through the roof.

Rice has been grown and eaten for hundreds of years. It is the second largest crop in production behind corn. Rice is the only crop that can grow and thrive in standing water, making it grow almost anywhere .