Agriculture is Arkansas's leading industry and brings in more than $21 billion to the state each year. Arkansas is ranked within the top 25 nationally in the production of 17 different agricultural commodities. Currently, Arkansas ranks #1 in long grain rice production, producing more than half of the nation's long grain rice and #2 in broiler chicken production with more than 1 billion broiler chickens in 2018.
Clearly, there is no better place to celebrate everything agriculture's continued growth and than Arkansas's capital city of Little Rock! From farm-to-table restaurants to grains-to-glass tours, there are many festive ways to celebrate our state's number one industry.
The city of Little Rock has hosted plenty of great agricultural events over the years, including the 2019 Rice Outlook Conference and the annual Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group Conference. And, we're a great place to host your next agricultural meeting or event.
The Statehouse Convention Center is located in the heart of Downtown Little Rock and is only moments away from points of interest, like Heifer Village and Urban Farm — where attendees and their families can meet animals and learn more about sustainable, eco-friendly farming practices. On the Grains to Glass Tour at Rock Town Distillery, attendees can learn how agriculture helps spirits come alive during the growing and distilling processes.
And, in Little Rock, there's always more to explore. The farmers' market in Little Rock's River Market Neighborhood is a short walk away from the convention center and a great place for attendees to meet local farmers and buy locally-sourced produce and commodities. Restaurants like The Root Cafe truly embody the city's farm-to-table commitment to fresh, local and sustainable agriculture and farming. The Root sources so much of its product locally it is in the top one-half of one percent of all farm-to-table restaurants nationwide.