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Rice Stewardship Parntership - Sustaining the Future of Rice

Application Cut-off: NA
Year Awarded: Fiscal Year 2015
USDA Funding: $1.5 million
Project Timeline: 2015 – 2019
Conservation Program Funded: Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
California Counties: Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Sutter, Tehama, Yolo and Yuba
Lead Partner: Ducks Unlimited and the Rice Federation are co-leads for the Rice Stewardship Partnership. The USA Rice Federation (USARF) is a national nonprofit trade association for the U.S. rice industry, with engaged membership in all 6 major rice-producing states. Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU) is a non-profit conservation organization that conserves and restores North American waterfowl and wetland habitat. The U.S. rice industry is important to feeding the nation and North America’s wetland wildlife. Combining the U.S. rice industry – represented by USARF – and the conservation community – represented by DU – is an aggressive approach to innovation, collaboration, and solution-oriented conservation.

Project Summary

The purpose of the Rice Stewardship Partnership RCPP in California is to provide financial and technical assistance opportunities to riceland farmers to help improve the efficiency of irrigation water use and minimize water quality impacts in the California Central Valley.
The primary resource priority for the Rice Stewardship Partnership is water quantity and conserving water is the key outcome for this RCPP. Rice is 100 percent irrigated and having adequate supplies of water is fundamental to production. The secondary resource priority for the Rice Stewardship Partnership water quality and improving on-farm production that will maximize fertilizer uptake, minimize nutrient losses, and prevent pesticide losses to address water quality concerns on working ricelands.
Agricultural operations within the Rice Stewardship Partnership project area may be eligible for technical and financial assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to implement conservation practices to address primary and/or secondary resource concerns identified in the Rice Stewardship Partnership RCPP partnership agreement.

NRCS Contact

RaeAnn Dubay, Program Manager
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Davis State Office, California
Phone: 530-792-5653