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

  • Hands holding golden harvested rice Get a Jump on ARC and PLC Program March 15 Deadline

    Jan 22, 2020

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is encouraging producers to “beat the rush” and enroll in the Agriculture Risk (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs now before the March 15 deadline for the crop year 2019. Full story
  • 50kg bag of USA fortified rice Fortified Rice Now Used in 25 Countries

    Dec 05, 2019

    The 2019 fiscal year (that ended on September 30) was a stellar year for rice in food aid, with coverage expanding to 25 countries. Nearly 80,000 MT of U.S. rice was used in global food assistance programs, with fortified rice making up around 30 percent of the total. Full story
  • Woman with dark hair and back to camera talks with older white man with mustache wearing business suit USA Rice Rubs Elbows at Ag Trade Promotion Workshop

    Nov 22, 2019

    This week, USA Rice and nearly 100 other agricultural trade associations met here for the U.S Agricultural Export Development Council (USAEDC) Annual Workshop. USAEDC is a non-profit, private sector trade association that represents the organizations, including USA Rice, that receive funding from USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) for promotion of agricultural products overseas. Full story