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Rice Stewardship Partnership

In 2012, USA Rice and Ducks Unlimited forged a model of collaboration between a farm group and a conservation organization - the Rice Stewardship Partnershi
p. This Partnership has been working tirelessly to improve three of the nation’s critical natural and economic resources: working ricelands, water, and waterfowl.
The Partnership provides the industry an excellent opportunity to effectively tell our conservation story, and to broaden our base of support.  The Partnership was crucial in the successful application of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) that is directed new conservation funding to the rice industry.

The RCPP offers rice producers from every major rice-growing county in each of the six rice-growing states the assistance needed to address water quantity, water quality and wildlife habitat on their farms. The Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing $10 million in funding to the project leveraged by $6.8 million of cash and in-kind contributions from private sector partners. RCPP is a natural fit for the rice industry to further its conservation goals.

Related Resources
2016 Rice Stewardship Partnership Annual ReportRice Growers' Conservation HandbookRice Stewardship: Sustaining the Future of Rice


Field to Market

Field to Market is a diverse alliance working to create opportunities across the agricultural supply chain for continuous improvements in productivity, environmental quality, and human well-being. The group provides collaborative leadership that is engaged in industry-wide dialogue, grounded in science, and open to the full range of technology choices.

As consumers look for more sustainable products the rice industry is one step ahead as they work to show measurable improvements as a result of their conservation work. Field to Market is an opportunity to engage with all levels of the food sector on what the consumer’s needs are and how growers and other members of the industry can assist in fulfilling them. 

USA Rice has been a long-term partner of Field to Market and is actively involved in the development of a rice-specific Fieldprint Calculator that shows growers their operation’s scorecard on the sustainability index. They’ve also monitored development of a rice greenhouse gas metric for use by the Fieldprint Calculator. USA Rice has been involved on the producer level by bringing rice producers to the table to share ideas and help ensure goals stay realistic. 

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