USA Rice partners with organizations and companies up and down the supply chain, providing our members with additional services, information, programs, and opportunities. These collaborative relationships facilitate a greater understanding of U.S. rice’s economic and environmental accomplishments, allowing partners to work together toward common goals of advocacy and sustainability.
In 2012, USA Rice and Ducks Unlimited forged a model of collaboration between a farm group and a conservation organization - the Rice Stewardship Partnership. This Partnership has been working tirelessly to improve three of the nation’s critical natural and economic resources: working ricelands, water, and waterfowl. The Partnership provides the industry an excellent opportunity to effectively tell our conservation story, and to broaden our base of support. The Partnership was crucial in the successful application of eight Regional Conservation Partnership Programs (RCPP) that are directing new conservation funding to the rice industry.
These RCPPs offer rice producers from each of the six rice-growing states assistance to address water quantity, water quality and wildlife habitat issues on their farms. These efforts are possible thanks to funding provided by the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and private partners. After completion, these eight projects will have brought in almost $80 million in conservation funds to producers and impacted an additional 700,000 U.S. rice acres which would not have been possible if the Partnership had not competed for the additional funds. The RCPP program is a great fit for the Partnership’s conservation efforts and these endeavors will continue on behalf of rice producers everywhere.
Rice Stewardship Partnership
We are proud to have been recognized as part of Field to Market’s 2019 Sustainability Leadership Awards honoring the Rice Stewardship Partnership as the Collaboration of the Year. As part of this multi-sector collaboration, USA Rice works with dozens of other stakeholders across the rice value chain to support farmers in improving outcomes in water quality, water quantity and waterfowl habitat conservation. The Rice Stewardship Partnership is an unparalleled collaborative effort in the rice industry to support farmers and the supply chain in delivering sustainable outcomes for the rice industry and U.S. agriculture.
Learn more about the Field to Market Collaboration of the Year award here.