Conservation Stewardship Program Sign-Up

Lafayette, LA – May 1, 2020 - The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for the 2020 Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) as part of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) efforts led by the USA Rice – Ducks Unlimited Stewardship Partnership. This special CSP initiative is specifically for rice producers.

The Gulf Coast CSP special sign-up assists landowners and rice producers who voluntarily implement conservation and management practices to provide waterfowl habitat on rice production lands. Nutrient management and integrated pest management (IPM) to address water quality concerns are also a priority.

Interested rice producers should call their local NRCS office to learn more about this program,” said NRCS Louisiana State Conservationist Chad Kacir. “This special sign-up with USA Rice, Ducks Unlimited and NRCS is a great opportunity for rice producers to address water quantity and quality, as well as wildlife habitat on their farm.

This special RCPP CSP sign-up allots approximately $2.5 million for rice production acreage in 11 southwest Louisiana parishes including Acadia, Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Evangeline, Jeff Davis, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin and Vermilion. Applications must be received by NRCS Field Offices by June 5, to be considered for this funding cycle.

With the support of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, this RCPP project assists rice producers that voluntarily implement conservation and management practices providing great waterfowl habitat on rice farms while improving water quality and soil health,” said Ducks Unlimited’s Rice Stewardship Coordinator for south Louisiana Kyle Soileau. “Partnership staff can assist with sign-up and help with enhancements that work for their conservation objectives.

Producers interested in CSP are recommended to contact their local USDA service center or visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/GetStarted. For additional help contact Ducks Unlimited’s Rice Stewardship Coordinator for south Louisiana Kyle Soileau at (337) 322-4565 or ksoileau@ducks.org

About Rice Stewardship

The USA Rice-Ducks Unlimited Rice Stewardship Partnership was established in 2013 to conserve three of our nation’s critical natural resources; working ricelands, water, and wetland wildlife. Funders include the USDA NRCS, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Walmart Foundation, the Mosaic Company Foundation, NestlĂ© Purina PetCare, Chevron U.S.A., Freeport-McMoRan Foundation, Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation, RiceTec, BASF, American Rice, Inc. – Riviana Foods, Inc., Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation, Delta Plastics, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Corteva Agriscience, Entergy, Wells Fargo, Farmers Rice Milling Company, Horizon Ag, Turner’s Creek & Bombay Hook Farms, MacDon Industries, Riceland Foods and Ducks Unlimited major sponsors.

 

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