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Unformatted text preview: om the Carolinas to Rice traveled south from the Carolinas to Louisiana with Acadian settlers. Louisiana rice was originally grown for home consumption by utilizing areas that couldn’t be plowed. Farmers tossed rice seed into the wetlands near bayous or ponds. What grew from this casual method was termed “providence rice” by its thankful harvesters. Commercial rice production began in the second half of the 19th century, helped along by the railroad, which transported the crop to New Orleans. French Explorers led by French Explorers led by Bienville first introduced rice into Louisiana in 1718, but production was limited for 150 years. Production increased rapidly after the Civil War. Large scale mechanized production began in southwest Louisiana in the 1880’s. Major Rice Producing States States Arkansas California Louisiana Mississippi Missouri Texas Minor Rice Producing States Minor Florida Kansas Kentucky Illinois North North Carolina Carolina Tennessee U.S. Rice Production U.S. Approximately 3 million acres of rice Four regions produce almost the entire U.S. rice crop: U.S. Arkansas Grand Prairie. Missis...
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