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.