Rice requires an aquatic environment to grow and as an aquatic grass acts as a natural buffer strip leaving water cleaner when it exits a field than when it enters the field. We support regulations for safe water quality based on sound science that consider all contributing sources of pollution with the implementation of voluntary best management practices in situations where standards are exceeded. 

To conserve a resource crucial to the production of rice, the industry has worked to support the development and voluntary adoption of efficient irrigation techniques.

We support research and development programs and activities by USDA and the land grant university system to develop improved production and management practices to increase the resource use efficiency of rice production and the voluntary adoption of these practices by growers.

Recent News

  • People stand waist-deep in green rice field EPA Staff Explores Mid-South Rice Country

    Aug 05, 2019

    Last week USA Rice hosted eight staff members from across the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Pesticide Programs to experience rice production in Missouri and Arkansas. Full story
  • White plate filled with colorful vegetables, fruit, nuts, protein & rice New Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Meets for First Time

    Apr 03, 2019

    Last week the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee assembled for the first of five public meetings to begin the process of examining the science related to the topics and questions on nutrition and health that will help inform and guide the development of the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Full story
  • Headed rice in standing water, LSU photo New WOTUS Rule Available for Comment

    Feb 21, 2019

    A new rule was published last Wednesday, February 13, to revise the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers definition of what is considered a Waters of the United States (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act. Full story