Rice: 3 Conservation Stewardship Programs Now Open for Sign-Ups

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    Three Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) sign-ups are now open to rice producers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Texas.  The deadline to apply for all three projects is June 28, 2019.  Eligible counties and parishes are listed below.

    Through the Mid-South Graduated Water Stewardship signup, producers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Missouri can address water quality, water quantity, and wildlife habitat resource concerns.  Louisiana and Texas rice producers can apply for funds to address water quantity and habitat concerns through the Gulf Coast Water and Wildlife Conservation RCPP signup.  Producers in Texas have the opportunity to apply for additional acres to enhance current conservation efforts through a special Lower Colorado River Authority Prairie Water Conservation project.

    All three projects are sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS).

    To learn more about CSP, contact your local USDA service center or visit here.  Rice Stewardship Partnership staff is another resource for information about the projects.  Go here for contact information for the staff member closest to you.

    “This is another great opportunity for rice producers in the Mid-South and Gulf Coast to participate in a working lands conservation program,” said Josh Hankins, USA Rice Director of Grower Relations and the Rice Stewardship Partnership.  “This sign-up would not be possible without the support of our partners and the collaboration with NRCS, and we’re excited to continue to grow the Rice Stewardship Partnership program offerings.”

    Mid-South Graduated Water Stewardship

    Arkansas Counties: Arkansas, Ashley, Chicot, Clay, Conway, Craighead, Crittenden, Cross, Desha, Drew, Faulkner, Greene, Independence, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lee, Lincoln, Lonoke, Mississippi, Monroe, Phillips, Poinsett, Pope,  Prairie, Pulaski, Randolph, St. Francis, White, and Woodruff

    Louisiana Parishes: Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, East Carroll, Franklin, Madison, Morehouse, Rapides, Richland, St. Landry, St. Martin, Tensas, and West Carroll

    Mississippi Counties: Bolivar, Coahoma, Humphreys, Leflore, Quitman, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tunica, and Washington

    Missouri Counties: Bollinger, Butler, Dunklin, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Ripley, Scott, and Stoddard

    Gulf Coast Water and Wildlife Conservation

    Louisiana Parishes: Acadia, Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Evangeline, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, and Vermillion

    Texas Counties: Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Jackson, Jefferson, Lavaca, Liberty, Matagorda, Waller, and Wharton

    Lower Colorado River Authority Prairie Water Conservation

    Texas Counties: Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Jackson, Jefferson, Lavaca, Liberty, Matagorda, Waller, and Wharton. A special emphasis is placed on Colorado, Wharton, and Matagorda




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