NRCS opens 2nd round of RCPP sign-ups in Louisiana rice

polypipe in Louisiana rice

Multiple-inlet irrigation is one practice that may qualify for EQIP funding. (Photo courtesy of LSU AgCenter)

The Natural Resources Conservation Service has opened a second application period for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program – Rice Stewardship Partnership Project in Louisiana rice.

Sponsored by USA Rice and Ducks Unlimited, the program will assist rice producers in 20 parishes with voluntary implementation of conservation practices that help improve irrigation water management, control sediment and nutrient runoff, and provide waterfowl habitat on rice ground.

The main goal is to reduce groundwater demand from aquifers in rice production areas.

Eligible parishes 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.

Funding for this project will be available to rice producers through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

The deadline to apply is March 2. Visit your local NRCS service center or NRCS online for more information.