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Sustainability

The California rice industry’s sustainability goal is to make the most efficient use of resources, to ensure long-term productivity from the land, and to utilize management practices to continue to enhance the environmental and societal impacts of rice production. (ACC)

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Providing Habitat

California rice fields provide habitat and nourishment for approximately seven million ducks and geese migrating along the Pacific Flyway each year. Ricelands are increasingly crucial to hundreds of thousands of shorebirds that nest in the fields year-round. For example, recent studies have shown that California ricelands currently provide more than half of the nutritional requirements of wintering waterfowl in the Sacramento Valley.

Ricelands provide more than 300,000 acres of equivalent wetland. In other words, this amount of new wetlands habitat would have to be created to support the same waterbird populations that California’s ricelands support today. Acquiring and restoring this amount of land to create wetland for wintering waterfowl populations would initially cost about $2 billion and about $35 million annually for upkeep.

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Environmental Benefits

One of the greatest benefits from rice farming in the Central Valley is the environmental gains that accrue to wildlife. California ricelands provide valuable open space and habitat for 230 species of wildlife, many of which are species of special concern, threatened or endangered. This is especially important today, given that 95 percent of California’s historical wetlands in the Central Valley are now gone.

Sacramento Valley rice farms not only produce food, they also provide vital environmental benefits. Approximately 500,000 acres of rice fields in the region, in conjunction with 75,000 acres of managed wetlands, provide food and other habitat requirements for nearly 230 wildlife species.

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Improving Water Quality

A critical area for California rice with approximately 500,000 acres of rice grown annually north of Sacramento, most emphasis has been on the Sacramento River Basin. Beginning in 2003, the California Rice Commission took over full management of the Rice Pesticides Program, assuming the responsibility for monitoring, sampling, analysis, reporting and recommendations.

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Improving Water Quality

A critical area for California rice with approximately 500,000 acres of rice grown annually north of Sacramento, most emphasis has been on the Sacramento River Basin. Beginning in 2003, the California Rice Commission took over full management of the Rice Pesticides Program, assuming the responsibility for monitoring, sampling, analysis, reporting and recommendations.

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Western Foods take an innovative approach to developing gluten-free specialty and functional ingredients by utilizing the many benefits of rice flours and ancient grains. 

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