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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 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.

Ducks Unlimited gears up for national FFA conference

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – September 23, 2014 – Ducks Unlimited will be on-hand at the national FFA convention in Louisville, Kentucky, Oct. 28-31 to celebrate its ties to the agricultural community and encourage youth participation in conservation.

USDA Deputy Secretary: Partnerships cornerstone to conservation successes

U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden spoke to the Waterfowl Advocate this month about the importance of agriculture and conservation.

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.

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.

Rice Stewardship Program making progress for ducks in Louisiana

Ducks Unlimited’s Rice Stewardship Program (RSP) is designed to work with rice producers in southwest Louisiana to reduce input costs, thereby sustaining rice production on this landscape and providing critical waterfowl resources on these managed wetlands.

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.

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.

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