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.