• The Time to Think Irrigation Strategies is Now

    Feb 07, 2017
    The current drumbeat for rice irrigation is: “take time to measure and evaluate inputs, including water, because the money spent to hold and move that water can decrease significantly with management upgrades.” Irrigation strategy can be measured in droplets and dollars, and because producers have more options than ever before, determining how to water rice is more complicated today than it’s ever been. Fortunately, a lot of information is available to help farmers make that decision.
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  • Rice, Ducks, and Friends Awarded $15 Million in 2017 RCPP Funding

    Dec 21, 2016
    USA Rice, through its USA Rice-Ducks Unlimited Rice Stewardship Partnership, was awarded funding for two projects bringing $15 million to the Mid-South and Gulf Coast’s rice-growing regions.
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  • National Indicators Report: U.S. Rice Bolsters Sustainability Claims

    Dec 16, 2016
    Last week, Field to Market published their highly anticipated 2016 National Indicators Report outlining improvements made to on-farm sustainability metrics made from 1980 through this year. Rice is looking good.
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  • Sustainable Agriculture Summit Serves Up Challenges and Opportunities

    Nov 18, 2016
    The annual Sustainable Agriculture Summit held here this week, in combination with Field to Market’s fall meetings brought together more than 500 attendees from across the U.S. agricultural supply chain. Participants ranged from farmers, to input manufacturers and suppliers, to processors and retailers. The livestock, row crop, and specialty crop sectors were all represented among the Summit’s various panels and breakout sessions where talk of partnerships, success stories, innovations, and new research studies contributed to the excitement that ran throughout the conference.
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  • Conservation and Sustainability - Beyond the Buzz

    Nov 16, 2016
    Marketers and trend watchers constantly tell us that today's customers are demanding more information about what they are eating and also how their food is being produced, and they use buzzwords like conservation and sustainability to push this agenda. At next month's USA Rice Outlook Conference in Memphis, attendees will be able to take a deep dive into this conversation with a two-part panel that will examine both practical, on-farm conservation practices and in-market sustainability trends. No matter where in the rice supply chain attendees are, they will not want to miss this valuable session that immediately follows the Annual Rice Awards Luncheon.
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  • USA Rice Launches Sustainability Attitude Survey

    Oct 24, 2016
    The concept of sustainability is clearly a driving force in our society today, and it’s one that businesses, industries, individuals, and government agencies are trying to get their heads around and define. In pursuit of a better understanding of what sustainability means to and for the U.S. rice industry, USA Rice is launching a quick online survey consisting of just seven questions, all but one of which are multiple choice or true/false.
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  • New Conservation Stewardship Program Finalized

    Mar 10, 2016
    Earlier today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) published its final Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) rule in the Federal Register.
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  • Texas Now Accepting National Rice RCPP EQIP Applications

    Mar 01, 2016
    The USA Rice and Ducks Unlimited (DU) conservation and sustainability project, Sustaining the Future of Rice, takes a big step forward today with the announcement that the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Texas has begun accepting Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) applications for the project.
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  • Missouri Hosts First Rice Conservation Field Day

    Feb 04, 2016
    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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  • 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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