Lacassine NWR Cooperative Rice Farming Opportunity Available

Coto Plot Unit map


 

 

For Immediate Release:                                                                        

25 January 2018

 

Contact: Glenn Harris, Lacassine NWR Refuge Manager

337-598-2216 office

 

Cooperative Rice Farming Opportunity Available at

Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge

 

The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service is currently seeking rice farmers interested in cooperatively farming 500 acres of agricultural land for 2018-2022. The area is located on the Lacassine NWR, Cameron Parish, Louisiana. Unit F, also known as the Coto Plot Unit, has been farmed (rice) on a rotational basis for the past 25 years.  Annually, 150 to 250 acres are planted. Interested farmers need to be aware of the following:

 

1. The crop share is based on an 80/20 harvest ratio for the first and

second rice crop. The Refuge does accept plantings of Japanese Millet in lieu of taking the government’s 20% in rice harvest for the first crop only.

2. Cooperative Agreements are negotiated on a five year basis.     

3. Water management and pesticide usage must be discussed.

 

Interested farmers or corporations should contact the Refuge Manager Glenn Harris at (337) 598-2216 to discuss further or for site tour.  An example copy of the Cooperative Farming agreement is available on request.

 

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System that encompasses more than 540 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands, and other special management areas. It also operates 70 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 78 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. The agency also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.                             ________________________________________________________________