The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture announced the release of a new jasmine-type aromatic rice called ARoma 22 aimed at meeting a growing U.S. demand for aromatic rice. The new variety was developed at the experiment station’s Research and Extension Center in Stuttgart, AR. The aromatic breeding program first launched in 2010 and has since led to the release of multiple varieties and continuous demand growth in recent years.
According to University research data, ARoma22 averaged 167 bushels per acre with high milling yields in five Arkansas Rice Variety Advancement Trials. The University's rice breeding program is supported by Arkansas farmers through the check-off program and the funds administered by the Arkansas Rice Research and Promotion Board.