The rice industry prides itself on its commitment to the conservation of natural resources and the institution of practices that provide habitat to wetland dependent wildlife and waterfowl. Working lands programs are good for the environment and for rice farmers. The voluntary-incentive based conservation model used by the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) has worked well. 

Rice farmers have been able to significantly improve their environmental footprint through practices implemented through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). This program has provided rice farmers funds to better manage water resources through irrigation efficiency, water quality, and erosion control. For more information on our work through this program click here.

Recent News

  • Front of USDA Bldg with US Flag First USA Rice World Market Price Meetings of 2021 Held

    Feb 26, 2021

    The USA Rice World Market Price Subcommittee (WMP) met with teams from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Economic Research Service (ERS), and World Agricultural Outlook Board (WAOB) departments. Full story
  • WASDE Report Released

    Feb 09, 2021

    The outlook for 2020/21 U.S. rice this month is for stable supplies and domestic use, lower exports, and higher ending stocks. Full story
  • White man in business suit stands in front of  American flag Vilsack Approved by Senate Ag Committee to Lead USDA

    Feb 03, 2021

    Yesterday, Thomas J. Vilsack testified before the Senate Ag Committee during his confirmation hearing to hold the post of U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. He answered questions on trade, climate, fertilizer prices, livestock issues, and the Renewable Fuels Standard. Full story