For his role stewarding several significant rice wildlife programs, California Rice Commission Environmental Affairs Manager Paul Buttner was honored at today’s USA Rice Outlook Conference in San Diego.
Buttner received the ninth annual Distinguished Conservation Achievement Award, for shepherding many unique conservation programs and fostering strong partnerships that pay significant dividends for the industry.
For those who may be interested in participating in the BirdReturns Program this fall, please note that the current bidding window will close on Tuesday, July 31 at 5:00 pm. This is a ricelands habitat program implemented by The Nature Conservancy in coordination with the CRC. READ MORE
Those planning on attending tomorrow’s BirdReturns Workshop should note a venue change. The meeting will still start at 11 a.m. as previously stated, but instead it will be held at the Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau Office on 475 North Palora Avenue. READ MORE
The California Rice Commission (CRC) is pleased to partner with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) on the next phase of a shorebird habitat conservation program called BirdReturns. We will soon be accepting bids from growers who are interested in providing shorebird habitat in early fall. READ MORE
We recently sent out information about a current limited window of time for interested rice growers to submit bids for participation in the Spring 2018 BirdReturns Program. This recent announcement described the details of the program. READ MORE
California rice producers have until this Friday, March 2, to apply for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP); part of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) carried out by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). READ MORE
The California Rice Commission (CRC) is pleased to partner with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) on the next phase of a shorebird habitat conservation program called BirdReturns. READ MORE
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is currently accepting applications from California rice producers for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). This is the continuation the National RCPP effort sponsored by Ducks Unlimited (DU) in partnership with the USA Rice Federation. READ MORE
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently released its final recovery plan for the Giant Garter Snake. The CRC’s Industry Affairs Committee fully evaluated the earlier draft of this document to conclude that it contained no mandatory actions impacting rice growers and this final version has no significant changes. READ MORE
Due to the current amount of fallow ground, we are aware of the significant demand for the seasonal flooding practice for shorebirds offered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). We understand that some participating growers may have started water already, while others are holding off until they learn more about the status of their applications. READ MORE