Agriculture is an integral part of Arkansas’s culture, economy, and heritage. Early settlers harvested from the land's abundant timber and raised livestock. They also contended with the vast swamp and marshland in the eastern half of the state which was difficult to farm. The soil, however, was incredibly rich and through widespread efforts, the swamps were drained and turned into fertile farmland. Today, Arkansas remains an important supplier of rice, cotton, corn, beef, chicken, and dairy products. Come explore farming through the centuries with the materials at the Arkansas State Archives and its branches: the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives (NEARA) and the Southwest Regional Archives (SARA).