• Conservation and Sustainability - Beyond the Buzz

    Nov 16, 2016
    Marketers and trend watchers constantly tell us that today's customers are demanding more information about what they are eating and also how their food is being produced, and they use buzzwords like conservation and sustainability to push this agenda. At next month's USA Rice Outlook Conference in Memphis, attendees will be able to take a deep dive into this conversation with a two-part panel that will examine both practical, on-farm conservation practices and in-market sustainability trends. No matter where in the rice supply chain attendees are, they will not want to miss this valuable session that immediately follows the Annual Rice Awards Luncheon.
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  • NRCS Hits ‘Go’ On Revamped Conservation Stewardship Program

    Nov 14, 2016
    The USDA’s largest conservation program, the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) has been “under construction” since the 2014 Farm Bill was signed into law nearly three years ago until the new version was released earlier today.
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  • Yellow Rails and Rice Festival Delivers for Birders

    Nov 07, 2016
    One hundred and twenty-seven bird enthusiasts from 27 states, and Australia and Canada gathered here in the Yellow Rail Capital of the World November 1-5 for the eighth annual Yellow Rails and Rice Festival. The festival brings birders together with rice growers to highlight the role of Louisiana’s working wetlands in bird conservation while providing participants a unique venue to view the elusive Yellow Rail.
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  • Rice Stewardship Partnership Report: Sky’s the Limit for Conservation Success

    Sep 16, 2016
    The U.S. rice industry stands out among other commodities in a number of ways but most recently, the industry’s achievements in conservation and sustainability have been in the limelight. Keeping with the theme of September National Rice Month, earlier this month the USA Rice-Ducks Unlimited Rice Stewardship Partnership published their first Annual Report to highlight some of the Partnership’s many accomplishments during 2016.
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  • Crawford Bill: SAM Reporting Requirements for Farmers Could be DUNS(O)

    Aug 29, 2016
    Earlier this summer, House Committee on Agriculture Members Rick Crawford (R-AR) and Ann Kuster (D-NH) introduced H.R. 5451, a bill that would exempt farmers from the unnecessary reporting requirements for voluntary conservation programs.
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  • Walmart Foundation Throws Support to Conservation of Ricelands

    Aug 08, 2016
    More rice producers will have the opportunity to increase sustainability and profitability on their farms thanks to a grant from the Walmart Foundation. The grant supports work through the USA Rice and Ducks Unlimited Rice Stewardship Partnership.
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  • Rice Stewardship Partnership Growing Exponentially

    May 06, 2016
    This week, more than 30 people associated with the implementation process of the National Rice Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) project and working under the umbrella of the Rice Stewardship Partnership convened here at the Ducks Unlimited (DU) headquarters.
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  • New Conservation Stewardship Program Finalized

    Mar 10, 2016
    Earlier today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) published its final Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) rule in the Federal Register.
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  • Texas Now Accepting National Rice RCPP EQIP Applications

    Mar 01, 2016
    The USA Rice and Ducks Unlimited (DU) conservation and sustainability project, Sustaining the Future of Rice, takes a big step forward today with the announcement that the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Texas has begun accepting Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) applications for the project.
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  • Missouri Hosts First Rice Conservation Field Day

    Feb 04, 2016
    Yesterday morning, more than 50 rice farmers and conservation professionals gathered at the Delta Fisher Research Center in Portageville, Missouri, for the first ever Southeast Missouri Rice Conservation Field Day.
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