• In the regions where rice is grown in the U.S., rice agriculture provides 35 percent 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.

Geese in a rice field near Bell City.A birdwatcher scans a rice field for the elusive yellow rail. during the Yellow Rails and Rice Festival every  November near Lake Arthur. The event is organized by rice farmer Kevin Berken.Duck hunters benefit from the waterfowling opportunities afforded by flooded rice fields. Hunting is an extra way that farmers can supplement their income by leasing duck blinds.A flock of herons swarms a rice field at the H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station.A whooping crane flies among geese in south Louisiana. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is attempting to establish a resident flock  of the huge birds which use rice fields for nesting and feeding.Snow geese descend on a rice field near Crowley. Ducks, geese and shorebirds overwinter in the rice fields where they find abundant food.
Rice farming benefits waterfowl