Since 2012, U.S. rice farmers in the Mid-South and California have been testing methods for sustainable rice production and demonstrating the impacts of practices and technologies to significantly reduce water use, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, fertilizer use and energy use while enhancing habitat.
U.S. rice farmers are now seeking recognition for their environmental stewardship and natural resource conservation by participation in a voluntary sustainability standard and certification. This is a key focus of a USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Innovation Grant awarded to partners to pilot a U.S. sustainable rice initiative.
The goals of the sustainable rice initiative are to demonstrate the global leadership of U.S. farmers in sustainable rice production and to open access to new markets for U.S. rice farmers.
FUNDERS: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) NRCS, Entergy Corporation and partner contributions
PARTNERS: Mid-South rice growers, White River Irrigation District, Winrock International through its Environmental Resources Trust, Environmental Defense Fund, Carbon Credit Solutions, University of Arkansas, Mississippi State University and Arkansas State University, Entergy Corporation and the USDA Agriculture Research Service.
START DATE: January 2016
END DATE: October 2019