Conservation

Time is running out to sign up your Eligible Idled Rice Acres

Time is running out to sign up your Eligible Idled Rice Acres

The California Ricelands Waterbird Foundation (Foundation) is looking for rice acres that will be left fallow this growing season and that currently have cover crops or other eligible volunteer plants on them. Enrolled farmers will receive payments to leave their fields undisturbed for the waterfowl nesting season (through July 1) and allow the Foundation and its project partners access to monitor nesting activity. 

Program Details:

  1. Application Deadline is March 31, 2021
  2. Must have idle rice fields for this growing season
  3. Must have vegetation on the fields suitable for nesting birds (cover crops are preferred but volunteer plants can be acceptable as well)
  4. Must have some form of brood water nearby (i.e., flooded rice field, irrigation canal)
  5. Leave the fields undisturbed from April 1 to July 1
  6. Payment rate: $25/acre

If you are interested in this program please contact Luke Matthews, Wildlife Programs Manager for the California Rice Commission, at (916) 607-8988 or lmatthews@calrice.org.

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