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New program for Louisiana rice growers improves water use, waterfowl habitat

ALEXANDRIA, La. – October 30, 2015 – Rice farmers in 20 Louisiana parishes can apply for financial assistance to make on-farm improvements through Nov. 20, thanks to the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) – Rice Stewardship Partnership Project, sponsored by USA Rice and Ducks Unlimited.

NFWF, NRCS support Ducks Unlimited conservation on working lands in Louisiana

LAFAYETTE, La. – August 27, 2015 – Ducks Unlimited received a $4-million award from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through the Gulf Coast Conservation Grants Program to support wetland restoration on private lands in southern Louisiana. The grant will be matched with more than $650,000 from Ducks Unlimited and partners.

New NRCS program supports ricelands conservation in Louisiana

As the world’s most widely consumed grain, rice sustains about half of the world’s population and is a critical dietary staple upon which billions depend. Rice is also critically important to the millions of migratory birds and other wetland wildlife that annually descent upon Louisiana’s coastline. In fact, rice agriculture provides nearly 42% of the food available for dabbling ducks on the Gulf Coast. As such, supporting sustainable rice farming is a critical step in ensuring the health of our nation’s natural resources and food security.

Major grant awarded to rice industry, DU for habitat conservation efforts

WASHINGTON, DC – Jan. 14, 2015 – Today, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced approved grants from the first round of proposals to the new Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). The USA Rice Federation, Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU), and more than 40 collaborating partners are pleased that the "Rice Stewardship Partnership – Sustaining the Future of Rice" project was selected for support.

Partners on Private Lands

In February 2014, Congress passed a new Farm Bill that authorized several agriculture and conservation programs through 2018. This nearly half-trillion-dollar legislative package provides more than $28 billion in funding over five years for voluntary conservation programs on farms and ranches across the United States. The future of waterfowl is inextricably linked to the conservation of wetlands and other important habitats on private lands, and the Farm Bill is a key component of these efforts.

Twin Wetland Restoration Projects Completed in Southern Idaho

A unique conservation partnership recently restored 201 acres of wetland habitat on two projects in the Bruneau River floodplain of southern Idaho. Initially, a 100-acre project was developed on the Bruneau River Ranch as part of Ducks Unlimited's Middle Snake River North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant.

New Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative opportunity for Louisiana ag producers

LAFAYETTE, La. – May 1, 2013 – The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering technical and financial assistance to agricultural producers in 22 parishes to develop and enhance habitat for migrating birds.

DU Recognizes Natural Resources Conservation Service in Montana

Ducks Unlimited presented the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) with its Montana DU Conservation Partner of the Year award in August at the Montana DU state convention in Great Falls. The award is presented annually to agencies and individuals who make outstanding contributions to the conservation of wetlands and waterfowl habitat in Montana.

New opportunity for Louisiana ag producers, sign up for Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative

LAFAYETTE, La. – May 2, 2012 – The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering technical and financial assistance to agricultural producers in portions of 22 parishes to develop and enhance habitat for migrating birds.

Grants Will Fund Lake Champlain Basin Wetland Restoration

Ducks Unlimited is pleased to announce that it has been awarded two additional grants totaling over $100,000 to continue its work promoting, developing, and implementing wetland restoration projects in Vermont's Lake Champlain Basin.

Senate committee votes to cut funding for farm conservation programs

During a recent hearing, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted to cut farm conservation programs by $726 million for the 2012 fiscal year, which represents a 12 percent reduction from the FY 2011 funding level. Funding reductions of this magnitude will greatly inhibit our nation's ability to preserve native grasslands and other prime waterfowl habitat.

Ducks Unlimited Receives Highest Honor from USDA-NRCS

Ducks Unlimited has been awarded the Natural Resources Conservation Service's highest conservation honor for its exceptional work with the Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative. The initiative was created after last year's oil spill as a means to provide alternative habitat and foraging areas for waterfowl and other wetland-dependent wildlife.

Policy News 3-18

Ducks Unlimited Receives Highest Honor from USDA-NRCS; DU Leaders Visit Capitol Hill, Discuss Waterfowl Initiatives with Nation's Top Policymakers; DU explains importance of Clean Water Act draft guidance during media briefing

2011 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards

KANSAS CITY, Mo., March 18, 2011 – Ducks Unlimited announced today the winners of the 2011 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards at the 76th annual North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

Wetland Conservation Achievement Award Winners

A listing of all the past winners of the Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards. For more information about the awards, please contact Jennifer Roy at 901.758.3707 or jroy@ducks.org.

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