Sustainability

U.S. Rice Fields Provide Essential Wildlife Habitat

Many wildlife species rely on the wetland habitat created by American rice farmers. This makes rice a unique working-lands crop.

Winter-flooded rice fields provide food and foraging habitat for migratory and wintering fowl. In fact, all major rice-production areas in the United States correspond to important areas of waterfowl activity during winter months.

In the regions where rice is grown in the U.S., rice agriculture provides 35% of the food resources available to migrating and wintering dabbling ducks.

The cost of replacing existing rice habitat with managed natural wetlands is more than $3.5 billion.

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What’s Good for Rice is
Good for Ducks

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Stewards of Sustainability

Stewards of Sustainability: U.S. Rice Farmers

Over the past 20 years, U.S. rice farmers have increased rice yields while reducing the use of resources… read more »