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NRCS and Ducks Unlimited Looking to Help Central Valley Rice Producers Improve Irrigation Efficiency

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is currently accepting applications from California landowners in 10 Central Valley counties for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) – Rice Stewardship Partnership, sponsored by Ducks Unlimited, Inc in partnership with USA Rice Federation.

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

HOUSTON – March 1, 2016 – Rice producers in 12 Texas counties can apply for financial assistance to make on-farm improvements, 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. Eligible counties include: Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Jackson, Jefferson, Lavaca, Liberty, Matagorda, Waller and Wharton.

The Mosaic Company Foundation supports Ducks Unlimited nutrient management program in Mississippi Alluvial Valley

LAFAYETTE, La. – February 22, 2016 – The Mosaic Company Foundation recently committed $600,000 over three years to support on-farm improvements for rice growers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Missouri. Through the USA Rice and Ducks Unlimited Rice Stewardship Partnership, producers in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley will have the opportunity to increase sustainability and profitability on their farms.

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.

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

Rice farmers in nine Missouri counties 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.

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.

California resident elected to Ducks Unlimited’s national board of directors

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – July 24, 2014 – Al Montna, of Yuba City, California, was elected to Ducks Unlimited Inc.’s national board of directors during the organization’s annual convention held recently in St. Louis.

New supply chain sustainability program for U.S. crops supported by DU

MEMPHIS – July 8, 2014 – Today, Field to Market®, the Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture announced the launch of a new agricultural supply chain program for U.S. commodity crops.

Critical Conservation Areas overlap many DU priority areas

WASHINGTON – May 27, 2014 – U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the eight Critical Conservation Areas (CCA) established in the 2014 Farm Bill, which overlap with many of Ducks Unlimited’s (DU) priority regions.

New report puts an economic value of $3.5 billion to rice lands as waterfowl habitat

Waterfowlers have long known that ducks like working rice lands and a recently release report shows just how important they really are as habitat. The report, authored by Ducks Unlimited scientists for The Rice Foundation, found that if we needed to replace current rice lands with natural wetlands to maintain habitat capacity it would cost more than $3.5 billion.

Working rice lands worth $3.5 billion of managed wetland habitat

WASHINGTON – May 6, 2014 – There’s no doubt that rice, waterfowl and wetland habitats work cohesively to form a perfect ecosystem, and a recently published report puts a monetary value on those existing rice lands. Authored by Ducks Unlimited scientists for The Rice Foundation, the study found that the cost of attempting to replace rice lands with natural wetland habitat would exceed $3.5 billion.

TCEQ gives lower basin limited water and a chance at future planning

AUSTIN, Texas – Feb. 27, 2014 – Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Commissioners decided February 26 to modify the Emergency Order requested by the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA), cutting off interruptible water for agriculture but refusing to adopt a higher trigger level. Members of the Lower Colorado River Basin Coalition, including Ducks Unlimited, were pleased with the outcome.

DU CEO keynotes annual rice meeting

Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall hailed the DU-USA Rice Stewardship Partnership as an “ideal marriage” in his keynote address during the annual Arkansas Rice Council and Arkansas Rice Farmers meeting in Stuttgart.

President Dunklin speaks to rice growers

DU President George Dunklin Jr. was the featured guest speaker at the Producers Rice Mill Inc. annual meeting in November 2013.

Al Montna: Plentiful Ducks for Rice and People

Al Montna of Yuba City, California, and his wife, Gail, are members of DU's President's Council and Benefactor Sponsors supporting DU's California Wetlands Initiative. This initiative aims to conserve the best waterfowl habitat in California, particularly in the critical wintering areas of the Central Valley and San Francisco Bay Area. Al's story appeared in the 2013 DU Annual Report.

DU says water-use decisions not critters vs. people

HOUSTON – Oct. 7, 2013 – As the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) seeks permission from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to cut off inflows to Matagorda Bay, Ducks Unlimited reminds Texans of the intrinsic link between environment and economy along the Colorado River and the need for all users to share in conserving water.

Chevron supports Ducks Unlimited Rice Stewardship Program

LAFAYETTE, La. – Sept. 13, 2013 – Chevron was recognized for their support of conservation at the Lafayette Ducks Unlimited banquet on Sept. 12. Chevron recently entered into a one-year community partnership with Ducks Unlimited in support of DU’s Rice Stewardship Program (RSP). The program aims to promote the long-term sustainability of rice agriculture in southwest Louisiana through the stewardship of land, water and wildlife resources.

September is National Rice Month

The USA Rice Federation has declared September to be National Rice Month.

George Dunklin Jr. elected president of Ducks Unlimited

During Ducks Unlimited's annual convention last week, the organization's leaders proudly welcomed 30-year volunteer, George Dunklin Jr., of Stuttgart, Ark., as DU's 42nd president. Dunklin succeeds John Newman, who now serves as chairman of the board.

Ongoing drought forces second year of water withheld from Texas rice growers

RICHMOND, Texas - March 2, 2013 - Although not unexpected in the face of ongoing drought conditions, Ducks Unlimited is once again disappointed in the decision to restrict the water supply to rice growers for the coming growing season.

USA Rice-DU partnership

WASHINGTON - Feb. 4, 2013 - A groundbreaking new partnership between the USA Rice Federation (USA Rice) and Ducks Unlimited (DU) was forged recently to serve as a model of cooperation and communication between a farm group and a conservation organization.

DU responds to LCRA water allocation decision

AUSTIN, Texas - Nov. 16, 2012 - The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) board, after lengthy testimony dominated by a large Highland Lakes contingent, passed an emergency order that will likely provide enough water for first crop rice on approximately 50 percent of the fields in Texas's Wharton, Matagorda and Colorado counties.

Ducks Unlimited supports off-channel reservoir development to benefit Texas coast wetlands, waterfowl and rice

AUSTIN, Texas - Nov. 9, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited fully supports the Lower Colorado River Authority's (LCRA) move to develop off-channel reservoirs to provide much-needed water resources for Texas mid-coast rice agriculture and wetland management.

Texas water organization and DU meeting to discuss rice agriculture, importance to waterfowl

The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) has invited Ducks Unlimited to their June 19 Water Operations Committee meeting in Austin, Texas. The LCRA denied water for rice agriculture uses in the Texas Mid-Coast this year, essentially eliminating 60,000 acres of important habitat for wintering waterfowl in one of DU’s highest-priority conservation regions.

"Caller-Times" columnist David Sikes honored at 2012 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - March 16, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited announced today the winners of the 2012 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards during the 77th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, held at the Hilton Atlanta. This year's winner in the Communications category is David Sikes, outdoors columnist for the "Corpus Christi Caller-Times."

Ducks Unlimited disappointed in LCRA decision to withhold water

RICHMOND, Texas - March 1, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited is gravely concerned by the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) decision to deny water for agricultural uses in Colorado, Wharton, and Matagorda counties this spring.

Conservation in Ricelands

Information from the USA Rice Federation and Ducks Unlimited, Inc Stewardship Partnership.

Rice Growers Support Conservation

The rice industry and DU enjoy a close working relationship

Rice and Ducks in the Land of 10,000 Lakes

Wild Rice & Mallards On the Kapuskasing

The James Bay frontier offers solitude and off-the-beaten-path waterfowling opportunities.

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