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Arkansas Waterfowl Rice Incentive Conservation Enhancement (WRICE)
Arkansas Waterfowl Rice Incentive Conservation Enhancement Program

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The Arkansas Waterfowl Rice Incentive Conservation Enhancement (WRICE) program was developed by AGFC biologists to help keep waste rice available for ducks, geese and other migrating birds when they pass through each winter. It has recently been expanded to allow weekend permitted public waterfowl hunting opportunities on participating rice fields. Farmers may still operate and harvest their rice fields as normal, but can receive added income by leaving stubble and flooding fields during waterfowl migration, and allowing permitted public hunting opportunities.

Fall tillage is becoming increasingly popular with Arkansas rice growers, but the practice isn’t beneficial for the numerous migrating birds looking to find fuel they need. This tilling buries waste rice that would have been available to migrating waterfowl. Flooded rice fields are estimated to provide 11 percent of all food energy in the Mississippi Delta for ducks like mallards and pintails, and that percentage has dwindled with advances in agriculture.

Additionally, the program has expanded to include an opportunity for landowners who have Wetland Reserve Easements on their property. This new portion of the program will pay landowners $50/acre to allow public access to their currently enrolled WRE properties for hunting and wildlife-viewing throughout the year.  

  • Clay County

    Peach Orchard A

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    Peach Orchard B

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    Peach Orchard C

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  • Craighead County

    Cash A

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  • Drew County
    Baxter
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    Maxwell A
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    Maxwell B
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  • Faulkner County

    Lollie A

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  • Franklin County

    Alix

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  • Greene County

    Pocahontas A

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    Pocahontas B

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    Delaplane A

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    Delaplane B

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    Delaplane C

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    Evening Star A

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    Evening Star B

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    Evening Star C

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  • Jefferson County

    Altheimer

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    Humphery A

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    Humphery B

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    Longbell

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    Wabbaseka A

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    Wabbaseka B

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    Wabbaseka C

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    Wabbaseka D

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    Wabbaseka E

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    Wabbaseka F

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  • Lawrence County

    Powhatan A

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    Powhatan B

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    Saffell

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  • Monroe County

    Blackton A

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    Blackton B

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    Blackton C

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    Blackton D

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    Blackton E

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    Blackton F

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    Greenlee A

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    Greenlee C

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    Greenlee D

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    Greenlee E

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    Greenlee F

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    Greenlee G

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    Greenlee H

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    Greenlee I

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    Keevil A

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    Keevil B

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    Keevil C

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    Keevil D

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    Keevil E

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    Nash A

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    Nash B

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    Nash C

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    Nash D

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  • Poinsett County

    Waldenburg A

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    Waldenburg B

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    Waldenburg C

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    Waldenburg D

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    Waldenburg E

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    Waldenburg F

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    Weiner A

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  • Prairie County

    Slovak A

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    Slovak B

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    Slovak C

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    Slovak D

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    Slovak E

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    Slovak F

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  • St. Francis County

    Wheatley A

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    Wheatley B

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    Wheatley C

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  • White County

    Georgetown A

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    Georgetown B

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