“Interested rice producers need to visit their local NRCS office as soon as possible,” said Kevin Norton, state conservationist for Louisiana. “This partnership between USA Rice, Ducks Unlimited and NRCS is providing a great opportunity for rice producers to address water quantity and quality, as well as wildlife habitat on their farm.”
The RCPP program will assist rice producers that voluntarily implement conservation and management practices to improve irrigation water management, control sediment and nutrient runoff and provide waterfowl habitat on rice production lands. The main goal is to reduce groundwater demand from aquifers to ensure sustainability of the water source for future rice production.
Eligible areas for this special funding opportunity 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 parishes.
Funding for this project will be available to rice producers through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Producers should visit their local USDA service center before the March 2, 2016 deadline to apply for this opportunity.
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