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Conservation Fundraising Efforts Down to the Wire Print E-mail
fundraising thermometerARLINGTON, VA - (September 16, 2014) -- USA Rice Federation and Ducks Unlimited representatives are working hard to raise much needed contributions - both cash and in-kind - to fulfill a matching fund component of the organizations' Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) proposal due in two weeks.

The RCPP, created in the 2014 Farm Bill, is a new conservation program under which qualified organizations may develop proposals that pair private contributions with existing federal conservation dollars and programs to create new conservation opportunities.

"We're seeking commitments totaling $8 million in private and corporate support," said USA Rice president and CEO Betsy Ward. "We're doing very well - about halfway there - but we really need to lock down commitments in the next 12 days."

The USA Rice-DU plan is a unique, two-year proposal that preserves critical wildlife habitat and enhances water quality and irrigation efficiency while maintaining working rice lands on the landscape. If approved by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the project will be offered in all rice producing counties in the six major rice producing states of Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Texas.

"This is a unique opportunity for companies and organizations that are part of the rice production supply chain and end users to partner in an effort to support rice production while advancing their own sustainability initiatives," Ward said. "Companies participating with us are able to demonstrate to their constituents their commitment to a sustainable rice industry and the environment. It's a win-win situation."

Ward is confident more will join supporters such as Riceland Foods, Louisiana Rice Mill, RiceTec, Horizon Ag, The Nature Conservancy of Arkansas, the Climate Trust, and others in helping meet the $8 million target. Individuals and companies interested in joining the initiative can contact Reece Langley at USA Rice or Scott Manley at Ducks Unlimited.
 
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