USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is announcing a second application period to accept applications for financial assistance for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) – Rice Stewardship Partnership Project sponsored by USA Rice and Ducks Unlimited in 20 Louisiana parishes through March 2, 2016.
The RCPP program will assist rice producers that voluntarily implement conservation and management practices that help improve irrigation water management, control sediment and nutrient runoff and provide waterfowl habitat on rice production lands. The main goal is to reduce groundwater demand from aquifers in rice production areas to insure sustainability of the water source for future rice production.
Eligible areas for this special funding opportunity include: Acadia, Allen, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Catahoula, Concordia, East Carroll, Evangeline, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Madison, Morehouse, Rapides, Richland, St. Landry, St. Martin, Vermilion and West Carroll.
“Interested rice producers need to visit their local NRCS office as soon as possible,” said Kevin Norton, state conservationist for Louisiana. “This partnership between USA Rice, Ducks Unlimited and NRCS is providing a great opportunity for rice producers to address water quantity and quality, as well as wildlife habitat on their farm.”
Funding for this project will be available to rice producers through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Producers should visit their local USDA service center before the March 2, 2016 deadline to apply for this opportunity.
Additional information on the Regional Conservation Partnership Program can be found here.