Dr. Scott Manley Receives Top Flight Award

Recognized for his strong leadership of Rice Stewardship and innovative approach to conservation fundraising.

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Dr. Scott Manley talks to a producer about his rice crop.

Photo © Jerry Holden, Jr.

Ducks Unlimited Director of Conservation Innovation Dr. Scott Manley was presented with the DU Top Flight Award in December. Manley leads DU’s Rice Stewardship efforts on the ground and in Washington, D.C. To date, DU has delivered 267,000 acres of conservation on ricelands and caused nearly $70 million to flow to rice producers in DU’s level 1 priority areas. Last year alone, the rice program exceeded $20 million, with only six percent of these funds being non-public.

“Scott is a visionary leader doing a great job as an administrator, fundraiser and policy agent for rice,” said Director Jerry Holden, Jr. “We’re pleased to acknowledge Scott’s outstanding job wearing many hats and ensuring the rice and ducks partnership is operating at truly impressive scales for producers and for waterfowl. His remarkable efforts to bring agricultural production and conservation closer together under the banner of rice will strengthen our efforts to support strong conservation titles in the pending Farm Bill.”

Without winter flooded ricelands in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley, Gulf Coast and California’s Central Valley, we will be unable to meet the objectives of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. As Scott says, “What’s good for rice is good for ducks.”