• Conservation Programs Take a Hit in Trump Budget

    May 24, 2017
    President Trump’s $4.1 trillion budget has received a rough reception from the agriculture community since it appears to gut programs important to his core ag-based constituency and leans disproportionately heavily on agriculture to find “savings.” As the onion is further peeled, more draconian cuts to conservation programs are coming to light.
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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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  • 2016 USA Rice Outlook Conference Highlights

    Dec 14, 2016
    The 2016 USA Rice Outlook Conference in Memphis last week had one of the most diverse and exciting speaker line ups ever.
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  • Ducks Unlimited Snags Rice Industry’s Conservation Awards

    Dec 09, 2016
    Yesterday, the rice industry’s ever growing role in the conservation and sustainability sphere was spotlighted during the annual awards luncheon of this year’s USA Rice Outlook 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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  • NRCS Hits ‘Go’ On Revamped Conservation Stewardship Program

    Nov 14, 2016
    The USDA’s largest conservation program, the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) has been “under construction” since the 2014 Farm Bill was signed into law nearly three years ago until the new version was released earlier today.
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  • Yellow Rails and Rice Festival Delivers for Birders

    Nov 07, 2016
    One hundred and twenty-seven bird enthusiasts from 27 states, and Australia and Canada gathered here in the Yellow Rail Capital of the World November 1-5 for the eighth annual Yellow Rails and Rice Festival. The festival brings birders together with rice growers to highlight the role of Louisiana’s working wetlands in bird conservation while providing participants a unique venue to view the elusive Yellow Rail.
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  • Rice Stewardship Partnership Report: Sky’s the Limit for Conservation Success

    Sep 16, 2016
    The U.S. rice industry stands out among other commodities in a number of ways but most recently, the industry’s achievements in conservation and sustainability have been in the limelight. Keeping with the theme of September National Rice Month, earlier this month the USA Rice-Ducks Unlimited Rice Stewardship Partnership published their first Annual Report to highlight some of the Partnership’s many accomplishments during 2016.
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  • Crawford Bill: SAM Reporting Requirements for Farmers Could be DUNS(O)

    Aug 29, 2016
    Earlier this summer, House Committee on Agriculture Members Rick Crawford (R-AR) and Ann Kuster (D-NH) introduced H.R. 5451, a bill that would exempt farmers from the unnecessary reporting requirements for voluntary conservation programs.
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