A Closer Look at the RIPE Proposal’s Qualifying Practices: Alternate Wetting and Drying for Rice 

environmental benefits of alternate wetting and drying for riceOur robust list of qualifying conservation practices deliver public benefits — including soil health, clean water, water conservation, wildlife conservation and climate mitigation — valued at more than $100 per acre or animal unit. One of these practices is alternate wetting and drying (AWD) for rice.

Compared to continuous or winter flooding, AWD reduces emissions and provides additional environmental benefits valued at $159 per acre per year.

Farmers who adopt AWD reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 2 metric tons per acre for a public value of $98 per acre. The practice also provides over $40 per acre in water savings and $13 per acre in water quality benefits. Review our methodology and sources for this practice here.

Review our methodology and sources in the chart here and access our current list of proposed qualifying practices here