Conservation

2017 nesting cover studies about to get started—Still looking for more acres

2017 nesting cover studies about to get started—Still looking for more acres

The CRC is in its second year of research efforts that could lead to the development of a cost-share program for the planting of cover crops that benefit nesting waterfowl. We have reached out to some of you already but would like to further expand our knowledge of cover crop acreage currently in place.

If you currently have cover-cropped fields and that you have decided to fallow in the 2017 growing season, you could be a valuable partner in this effort to build the case for why beneficial nesting practices should be strongly supported as part of our programs with the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Requested Action

If you have cover crops that you will idle, please just send a quick note to Paul Buttner at pbuttner@calrice.org. We may even be able to offer a small incentive payment to leave the fields undisturbed through early-July and allow biologists to monitor duck nesting activity in your fields.

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Conservation Programs Workshop planned September 5

Conservation Programs Workshop planned September 5

The California Rice Commission (CRC) is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a Conservation Programs Workshop to update growers on current conservation opportunities. This workshop will provide information of CRC’s efforts to pursue more Natural Resources Conservation Service funding for annual wildlife practices, the California Ricelands Waterbird Foundation’s new waterbird habitat program starting this spring, as well as an update on California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s winter flooding program.

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