Conservation

First Season of Bid4Birds Program Completed

First Season of Bid4Birds Program Completed

Our California Ricelands Waterbird Foundation just wrapped up the inaugural season of the Bid4Birds program, which incentivizes rice growers to utilize their fields as temporary seasonal wetland habitat for migrating shorebirds and other waterbirds.

This season, the Foundation enrolled six rice growers into Bid4Birds, involving 18 rice fields in the Sacramento Valley, creating about 1,500 acres of vital shoulder season habitat.  During site visits, 45 different species of birds were observed and documented utilizing enrolled fields. 

For more information, please contact the Rice Commission’s Wildlife Programs Manager, Luke Matthews, at lmatthews@calrice.org or (916) 607-8988.

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New Fish Food Program Applications Open Now

New Fish Food Program Applications Open Now

Reclamation District 108 (RD108) and California Trout are soliciting applications for the Fish Food Program, which pays rice farmers and wetland managers to flood their fields for a few weeks and drain the water (full of food) to fish-bearing waterways to benefit fish.  Landowners do not have to be in RD 108 to apply.

Application deadline is October 7, 2022.

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Conservation Workshop Summary

Conservation Workshop Summary

The California Rice Commission hosted a workshop last week to provide information about all of the ongoing conservation programs that are available for rice producers this year. The workshop was very well attended and below is a summary of the programs that were covered. 

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Conservation Program Workshop this Week!

Conservation Program Workshop this Week!

Are you interested in finding out more about the variety of conservation programs that are currently available for rice producers? The California Rice Commission is hosting a workshop this week to provide clarity on all of the programs including: Bid4BirdsCalifornia Winter Rice Habitat Incentive Program, Drought Relief Waterbird ProgramFish Foods Pilot Program, RCPP and more! Workshop speakers will provide program overviews, perspectives from rice producers that have participated in the past and opportunities for questions from the audience. Light refreshments will be provided and there is no RSVP required. 

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