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

  • Four people huddle under building Export Marketing Summit in Arkansas Offers Assistance to Farmers

    May 08, 2019

    Agriculture Trade Promotion (ATP) experts with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) met with Arkansas producers last week to talk about foreign sales of their products and discuss cost-share assistance available to U.S. agricultural exporters through USDA programs. Full story
  • Farmers.gov logo, website url and text "Grow With Us" on background of photo of red onions in a wooden, blue crate New Features Improve Delivery of USDA Tech Tools

    Apr 11, 2019

    Last week, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has launched two new features on farmers.gov to help farmers manage loans and apply for H-2A visas. The new features streamline two processes that are spread across multiple agencies and simplify a process that can be complex for customers. Full story
  • WASDE Report Released

    Apr 09, 2019

    The outlook for 2018/19 U.S. rice this month is for reduced exports, unchanged domestic and residual use, and higher ending stocks. Full story