Tag Archives: Conservation

Rice fields provide protected habitat for young salmon

paul buttner, california rice commissioin

• By Bob Johnson • A team of researchers is waiting to learn how many of the small chinook salmon that were raised on the healthiest of food in Mike Dewit’s rice field in the Yolo Bypass, fitted with microtransmitters, and released into the Sacramento River in late April survive the arduous journey to San Francisco Bay and the ocean ... Read More »

Conservation program sign-ups open for Mid-South rice producers

waterfowl, chambers county, texas

• By Emily Woodall • Three Conservation Stewardship Program  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. 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 ... Read More »

Northern California’s Rominger Farms feted for conservation practices

Rominger Farms conservatioin award

Bruce and Rick Rominger, partners in Rominger Farms of Winters, California, were honored recently by the National Association of Conservation Districts for their conservation practices as producers. The brothers, who have a diverse operation that includes rice, received the Hugh Hammond Bennett Award for Conservation Excellence Farmer award at the association’s recent annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas. Named after ... Read More »

Commitment to the land

Durands 4R's

Louisiana brothers embrace the 4R’s to nurture soil and improve production • By Vicky Boyd Editor • Even before the term “sustainable” was popular, the Durands had adopted production practices that conserved and enhanced the natural resources on their rice and crawfish operation in St. Martin Parish, southeast of Lafayette, Louisiana. Over the years, the Durands have received multiple awards for ... Read More »

The Farm Bill gets in under the wire

washington, d.c., capitol

After more than two years of work, discussing and debating policies and ironing out the kinks, the 2018 Farm Bill has finally been passed and signed into law, and it’s due largely in part to the perseverance and hard work of USA Rice members. You told us what you needed from the Farm Bill, and we took it to Capitol ... Read More »

California’s Lundberg Family Farms recognized for conservation efforts

lundberg Family farms

Lundberg Family Farms of Richvale, California, was selected as the recipient of the 2018 California Leopold Conservation Award. It is presented annually by the Sand County Foundation, Sustainable Conservation and the California Farm Bureau Federation. Named in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the award was created by the Sand County Foundation to recognize exceptional farmers, ranchers and foresters. It ... Read More »

California governor signs winter rice field habitat incentive bill

geese flooded fields

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed Assembly Bill 2348, also known as the “California Winter Rice Habitat Incentive Program.” Carried by Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters), the legislation authorizes the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to contract with private landowners or lessees to flood rice ground for at least 70 days between Oct. 15 and March 15, according to the ... Read More »