• USA Rice Announces Conservation Achievement Award

    Dec 14, 2015
    USA Rice presented the sixth annual USA Rice Distinguished Conservation Achievement Award to Kevin Norton, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) state conservationist for Louisiana. Leo LaGrande, chairman of the USA Rice Farmers’ Conservation Committee, presented the award to Norton during the annual Rice Awards luncheon held here last Friday, during the 2015 USA Rice Outlook Conference.
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  • Missouri Hosts First Rice Conservation Field Day

    Nov 13, 2015
    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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  • In Arkansas and Mississippi, EQIP Aplenty

    Nov 06, 2015
    USA Rice along with Ducks Unlimited and more than 40 other partners are celebrating their most recent milestone as part of the Sustaining the Future of Rice project and the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). The Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), one of two programs utilized by the project, collected a total of 334 applications when the sign-up period closed last month in Arkansas and Mississippi.
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  • USA Rice Welcomes New Rice Stewardship Partnership Coordinator

    Nov 05, 2015
    Conservation and sustainability are more than buzz words for the U.S. rice industry and to underscore that commitment to these principles USA Rice has hired Josh Hankins as the new Rice Stewardship Partnership Coordinator. The coordinator position is funded using technical assistance money provided through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) grant that USA Rice and Ducks Unlimited received earlier this year.
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  • Yellow Rails and Rice Festival – A Festival Like No Other

    Nov 03, 2015
    One hundred and forty-five bird enthusiasts from 27 states and Canada gathered here Wednesday through Sunday for the seventh annual Yellow Rails and Rice Festival (YR&R). The festival brings birders together with rice farmers to highlight the role of Louisiana’s working wetlands in bird conservation while providing participants a unique venue to view the Yellow Rail.
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  • USA Rice-DU Stewardship Partnership Texas Reservoir Project Clears First Hurdle

    Sep 10, 2015
    The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) that the groups’ pre-proposal has been chosen to advance to the next round of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).
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  • USA Rice-Ducks Unlimited Begin RCPP Project Implementation

    Aug 07, 2015
    On August 10, USA Rice and Ducks Unlimited (DU) will officially kick off implementation of their Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) joint project, “Sustaining the Future of Rice”, that was announced in January 2015.
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  • Tulane Opens $1 Million "Nitrogen Reduction Challenge"

    Jul 28, 2015
    Tulane University has announced the next phase of the "Tulane Nitrogen Reduction Challenge," an international competition that will award $1 million to the entrepreneur, researcher, or inventor with the best plan to reduce the amount of nutrients entering the world's lakes, rivers, and oceans through storm water runoff and ultimately reduce the hypoxic zone in the Gulf of Mexico.
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  • USA Rice Attends Field to Market Plenary Session

    Jun 12, 2015
    Field to Market held its latest Plenary Session here this week with USA Rice and Ducks Unlimited serving as co-sponsors. During the meeting, the future of the organization was discussed.
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  • USA Rice Testifies on Implementation of Conservation Title of Farm Bill

    Jun 11, 2015
    WASHINGTON, DC -- This morning the House Committee on Agriculture's Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry held a public hearing on the implementation of conservation programs in the 2014 Farm Bill. Mississippi’s Buddy Allen, a member of USA Rice Federation’s Conservation Committee, served as one of the six witnesses offering testimony.
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