Arkansas, like all the other states, has a state bird, state flower, and a state tree, but it did not have a state grain until March 19, when Gov. Mike Beebe signed legislation naming rice the official grain of Arkansas.

Representative Bruce Maloch, who sponsored the bill in the House, was lobbied by his 12-year old daughter to file the bill long before the session began in January.

Maloch felt the measure would demonstrate the importance of rice to Arkansas, because it is the top U.S. rice-growing state, producing over 1.3 million acres per year at a value of $892 million dollars.