WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19: RICE
Profile America — Monday, September 19th. To mark 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 more than doubled their annual consumption of rice from 1980, from 9-1/2 to 21 pounds each. Rice has been grown in America since the late 17th century. While not the world's leading producer, the U.S. is a major exporter of rice, sending nearly 3.5 million tons a year to overseas markets. The grain is a major crop for farmers in Arkansas and Louisiana. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2011, p. 437
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2011, t. 213, 839, 842
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau