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Signup for USA Rice, Ducks Unlimited program available

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for the 2020 Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) as part of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) efforts led by the USA Rice – Ducks Unlimited Stewardship Partnership. This special CSP initiative is specifically for rice producers.
The Gulf Coast CSP special sign-up assists landowners and rice producers who voluntarily implement conservation and management practices that aim to provide waterfowl habitat on rice production lands. Nutrient management and integrated pest management (IPM) to address water quality concerns are also a priority.
This special RCPP CSP sign-up allots approximately $2.5 million dollars for rice production acreage in 11 southwest Louisiana parishes including Acadia, Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Evangeline, Jeff Davis, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, and Vermilion. Applications must be received by NRCS field offices by June 5 to be considered for this funding cycle.
Chad Kacir, State Conservationist for Louisiana, said, “Interested rice producers should call their local NRCS office to learn more about this program. This special RCPP CSP sign-up with USA Rice, Ducks Unlimited and NRCS is a great opportunity for rice producers to address water quantity and quality, as well as wildlife habitat on their farm.”
Louisiana Rice Stewardship Coordinator Kyle Soileau said, “With the support of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, this RCPP project assists rice producers that voluntarily implement conservation and management practices providing great waterfowl habitat on rice farms while improving water quality and soil health.”
Producers interested in RCPP/CSP are recommended to contact their local USDA service center or visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/GetStarted. For additional help contact Louisiana Rice Stewardship Coordinator with Ducks Unlimited, Kyle Soileau at 337-322-4565 or ksoileau@ducks.org

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