In the United States, less than a third of crops grown here are directly consumed. Most of our agricultural output is used for animal feed or biofuel production. Rice differs from other U.S.-grown crops because the grain harvested from rice fields is the exact grain to make its way onto someone’s dinner plate.
AgriCapture works with farmers that take pride in growing high-quality Climate-Friendly Rice, knowing that their crop will be directly delivered to customers. Our partner mills segregate verified Climate-Friendly Rice from the field and through the mill until it is packaged and delivered to customers, ensuring the quality and sustainability of the finished product.
One of AgriCapture’s farmer partners in Missouri.
The Power of Segregation in Delivering Climate-Friendly Rice
Segregated harvest, transport, and milling mean that Climate-Friendly Rice is separated from rice that was likely grown with more fertilizer, water, and greenhouse gas emissions.
Following harvest, rice is stored and dried in grain bins before transport to a rice mill, where it is kept separate from rice that was not grown with Climate-Friendly practices. Farmers in AgriCapture’s program are required to uphold segregation requirements after harvest, in addition to climate-smart growing practices.
When rice is ready to be processed, mills must clean and prepare their equipment for a new shipment of Climate-Friendly Rice. After the grain’s outer husk is removed to produce white or brown rice, it is packaged or picked up immediately to ensure it won’t be stored with other rice.
Typical rice processing combines rice from numerous farms and mixes differing qualities. Most mills cannot guarantee identity preserved rice, but AgriCapture’s Climate-Friendly Rice mill network is committed to providing traceability back to the farm.
Climate-Friendly Rice farmer at his segregated rice storage facility.
A Commitment to Quality and Sustainability
The supply chain network for Climate-Friendly Rice is required to segregate rice during the milling stage to produce high-quality finished rice that maintains the environmental benefits cultivated on the field. Climate-Friendly Rice farms grow their crop with practices resulting in lower methane emissions and less water use compared to conventional rice.
Segregating rice through the supply chain creates confidence for rice buyers, and benefits farmers with a commitment to quality and sustainability. Not all farms grow their rice with the same climate-smart techniques or receive third-party verification of positive environmental impacts from AgriCapture. It is important for farmers to know that their effort to grow Climate-Friendly Rice is not lost once the crop leaves their field.
As a Climate-Friendly Rice farmer and the co-owner of Arkansas River Rice Mill, P.J. Haynie sees the value in separating rice both on the farm and at his mill.
“As a farmer, knowing that I’m putting all this pride and effort into my crop to grow it more sustainably and more environmentally friendly, and produce the safest, healthiest quality product for consumers, it makes me stand out,” he said.
“That’s why I want to make sure that I can segregate my rice from yours because you may have not put the same amount of love into growing your rice as I have mine.”
Climate-Friendly Rice is milled to create high-quality white or brown rice.
AgriCapture collaborates with a network of dedicated farmers and mills who prioritize rice quality and sustainability. Through these close partnerships, Climate-Friendly Rice is segregated after verification, ensuring a trusted, value-added product for buyers and consumers. With farmers invested in climate-smart techniques, the shared commitment of AgriCapture and its partners preserves the verified climate benefits across the supply chain.