Rice producers wanting to enhance current conservation efforts are encouraged to apply for a special Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) led by the USA Rice-Ducks Unlimited Rice Stewardship Partnership, the Sustaining the Future of Rice Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).
“NRCS has updated the program to help producers better evaluate their conservation options and the benefits to their operations and natural resources,” said Josh Hankins, USA Rice director of grower relations and rice stewardship partnership.
“Partnership staff can help producers determine whether they are meeting stewardship thresholds, and allow for customization of practices and enhancements that work for their specific conservation objectives. These tools also enable producers to see potential payment scenarios for conservation early in the process.”
Applications must be received by March 2, 2018, to be considered for this funding period.
Eligible counties and parishes include:
- Arkansas – Randolph, Clay, Lawrence, Greene, Independence, Craighead, Mississippi, Jackson, Poinsett, Cross, Crittenden, Woodruff, White, Faulkner, Conway, Pope, Saint Francis, Lee, Monroe, Prairie, Lonoke, Pulaski, Phillips, Arkansas, Jefferson, Lincoln, Desha, Drew, Ashley, and Chicot
- California – Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Sutter, Tehama, Yolo, and Yuba
- Louisiana – 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.
- Mississippi – Bolivar, Coahoma, Humphreys, Leflore, Quitman, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tunica, and Washington
- Missouri – Bollinger, Butler, Dunklin, Pemiscot, Mississippi, New Madrid, and Stoddard
- Texas – Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Jackson, Jefferson, Lavaca, Liberty, Matagorda, Waller, and Wharton
Those interested in CSP should contact their local USDA service center or visit here.