NRCS opens RCPP sign-ups in Texas rice belt

bird habitat in rice fields

Courtesy NRCS

The Natural Resources Conservation Service has begun taking applications for the National Rice Regional Conservation Partnership Program in Texas.The program is a collaborative effort among USA Rice, Ducks Unlimited and about 40 other partners and sponsors.

The goal is to implement select conservation practice on rice ground that will benefit water quantity, water quality and wetland habitat.

Producers who are selected to participate receive cost-share funding through the NRCS Environmental Quality Incentive Program, or EQIP, or Conservation Stewardship Program.

Texas is the fifth rice-growing state to accept applications and will receive up to $1 million in funding for EQIP and CSP efforts. The funds are part of conservation provisions in the 2014 Farm Bill.

Eligible counties are Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Jackson, Jefferson, Lavaca, Liberty, Matagorda, Waller and Wharton. Deadline to apply is March 18. For more information, visit NRCS or your local NRCS office.