The members of the Arkansas Rice Research and Promotion Board understand the tremendous responsibility of investing checkoff funds wisely to improve the profitability and sustainability of the rice industry in Arkansas. Annual collections vary with production, but average between $4.5 million and $6 million. The board conducts a research program through the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, reviewing projects annually. Research centers on variety development, pest control, fertilization, environmental concerns, and economics to name a few. The board also hears promotion and market development proposals each year, and has consistently selected the USA Rice Council as the entity to represent Arkansas rice in the domestic and global marketplace. The documents below provide information about board-funded initiatives and projects in an effort to ensure that the rice farmers and buyers who pay the checkoff have a thorough understanding of how the funds are invested and can take full advantage of the results of these programs in their own operations.
The B.R. Wells Arkansas Rice Research Studies is published by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture annually and funded by the checkoff. The series serves: i) as an annual report to assess the progress of proposed research, and ii) as an outlet for rice scientists to publish their research while it is in progres sand to publich applied research that is important to the successful production of rice in Arkansas, but not always publishable in the more rigorous refereed scientific journals. Much of the research discussed in the Wells series is funded in part with checkoff dollars.
The Arkansas Rice Production Handbook is published by the University of Arkansas and funded by the checkoff. The handbook contains recommendations on all aspects of rice production including planting dates, seeding rates, fertilization, irrigation, and disease and pest management. Many of the recommendations in the handbook are a direct result of checkoff funded research.
Agricultural Economists with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, in an project funded by the checkoff, create annual enterprise budgets that are flexible for representing alternative production practices of Arkansas producers. Budgets are prepared for conventional, hybrid, full-page hybrid, Clearfield, and Provisia production systems.
2022 Research Funding
Each year, the Arkansas Rice Research and Promotion Board considers research proposals and funds projects on an annual basis. The Statement of Research Allocations details the projects for the 2022 crop year.