Konrico Rice Mill


Rice is the staple food for two-thirds of the world's population. To keep pace with demand, agricultural and food-industry engineers and scientists are continually making technological advances in rice production and processing. The oldest rice mill still in operation in the U.S. was founded in 1914 by P.A. Conrad, who built on additions in 1917 and 1930. He cultivated his own rice, cutting it by hand and sun-drying it on the levees before putting it through the shellers and polishers. A rare example of a factory that uses a belt-drive power transmission, the mill was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Agricultural & Biological
Topic(s):Health
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:If you think "Honda" and "Toyota" are just names of auto manufacturers, think again. Honda means "main rice field" and Toyota means "bountiful rice field." Annual rice consumption in Japan is 200-400 lbs. per person, compared with about 6 lbs. per person in the U.S.