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

  • Secy Sonny Perdue stands at podium adorned with the USDA seal USDA Aid Package Details Released

    Jul 25, 2019

    Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released additional details for the $16 billion aid package for farmers that was initially announced in May. The three-tier package was designed as relief for farmers suffering from retaliatory tariffs as a result of ongoing trade disputes. Full story
  • People gather around a booth at a trade seminar holding rice products USA Rice Awarded Additional $2.5 Million for Trade Promotion

    Jul 24, 2019

    USA Rice has been awarded an additional $2,501,925 in Agricultural Trade Promotion (ATP) funds to conduct international marketing and promotion activities as a part of President Donald Trump’s trade mitigation programs. Full story
  • White woman with short brown hair, wearing a black and white striped shirt, stands in front of a microphone reading from a paper in her hand, large group seated behind her Rice Well-Represented at Dietary Guidelines Meeting

    Jul 17, 2019

    Last week the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) held the second of five public meetings here with presentations by each of the DGAC subcommittees and public delivery of oral comments to the committee. Full story