USA Rice partners with organizations and companies up and down the supply chain, providing our members with additional services, information, programs, and opportunities. These collaborative relationships facilitate a greater understanding of U.S. rice’s economic and environmental accomplishments, allowing partners to work together toward common goals of advocacy and sustainability.
In 2013, USA Rice and Ducks Unlimited forged a model of collaboration between a farm group and a conservation organization - the Rice Stewardship Partnership. This Partnership has been working tirelessly to offer rice producers from each of the six rice-growing states assistance to address water quantity, water quality and wildlife habitat on working ricelands.
These efforts are possible thanks to funding provided by the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and private partners. After completion, these projects will have provided almost $97 million in conservation funds to rice farmers and impacted an additional 800,000 U.S. rice acres which would not have been possible without the work of the Rice Stewardship Partnership.