Challenging Stereotypes in Farming

Meryl is an advocate of the power of honesty. Discover the strength in making a practice of saying the things that are difficult to say. 

I’m a big proponent of honesty. I really don’t care how bad it is. I just want to know how bad it is. 

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Meryl Kennedy

  • Manufacturing
  • Kennedy Rice Mill, CEO

Quick Fact

  • Had no women role models in agriculture when she took over the family  rice business after graduating from the University of Georgia.

Meryl was born and raised in the rural village of Mer Rouge, Louisiana, consisting of less than five hundred people. She declined the opportunity to attend Oxford University after completing her degree in International Affairs at the University of Georgia. Instead, she chose to return home to assist her father and continue the family rice business.

At the age of 21, she successfully oversaw the start-up and development of
Kennedy Rice Mill (KRM) in Mer Roug. KRM is a state-of-the art facility and
represents one of the few new rice mills built in the United States in the last
quarter-century. Envisioning the need to bring sustainably grown and organic
products into the retail rice market, Meryl and her family decided to launch
their own brand.

The Kennedy Family Agribusiness includes rice drying, grain storage, grain marketing, land management, real estate and rice milling.

Kennedy Rice Mill, LLC was recently named 2019 “Manufacturer of the Year”
in the small business category.

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