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.