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


Reduced water use


Reduced energy use


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.