Stewards of Sustainability

American rice farmers have a longstanding commitment to protect and preserve natural resources. Today, U.S. rice farmers produce more rice using less land, energy, and water than they did 35 years ago – without GMOs!

Over the past 35 years, U.S. rice farmers have:

Reduced land use
39%

 

Reduced water use
53%

 

Reduced energy use
38%

 

U.S. Rice Fields Provide Essential Wildlife Habitat

Many wildlife species rely on the wetland habitat created by American rice farmers. This makes rice a unique working-lands crop. Winter-flooded rice fields provide food and foraging habitat for migratory and wintering fowl. In fact, all major rice-production areas in the United States correspond to important areas of waterfowl activity during winter months.

In the regions where rice is grown in the U.S., rice agriculture provides 35% of the food resources available to migrating and wintering dabbling ducks. The cost of replacing existing rice habitat with managed natural wetlands is more than $3.5 billion.