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The Rice Mill Story
McKnight Milling Company was incorpared and started doing business in 1985 on the McKnight family farm, southeast of the small town of Hickory Ridge, Arkansas. Originally, all types of rice - long grain, medium grain and specialty rice - were milled and sold. In 1995, a decision was made to mill and sell only the variety of long grain rice known as Della.
Mr. DeLoss McKnight
About the Rice Della was developed by rice breeders at Louisiana State University Rice Experiment Station in Crawley, Louisiana. It was developed from a type of Basmati rice grown in the Punjab province of India. The Basmati was crossed with local rice and developed over time. Della is an aromatic rice and when cooked produces the aroma of popcorn popping. It has the taste and flavor of butter and is very pleasant. Most rice has no taste and picks up the flavor of what it is served with such as beef or chicken.
Check out our recipe page to find inspitation for your next home cooked meal.
The Rice Mill Today
McKnight Milling has new owners, Steve and LaVon Hess with Corbin and Stephanie Hess. The Hess family passes down four generations of rice farming. Stevie and his son Corbin have grown the rice McKnight Milling has offered for the past several years and have taken pride in producing an exceptional product to offer all their customers. Steve and his family will grow and mill the same outstanding rice in the same manner all our customers love and are accustomed to. Steve and his family will be operating under the name of Hess Milling, llc. The shipping location and contact numbers will remain the same only the mailing address will change.
The Hess family will continue the same tradition of USA farm grown and family owned bussines. We look forward to getting to know our customers and providing them with the same quality service and rice that you are accustomed to. Please continue your support with your purchasing of Arkansas grown and processed rice.