- Associated Press - Thursday, April 3, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The federal government is helping rice growers in Arkansas and elsewhere to use new production methods that would decrease greenhouse gas emissions.

The Agriculture Department said Thursday its Natural Resources Conservation Service is providing more than $1 million to develop new conservation methods.

Methane and nitrous oxide, gases that help trap heat in the earth’s atmosphere, are released when rice fields are tilled and fertilized. To reduce the emissions, rice growers can make changes in how they use water and fertilize the soil.

Arkansas is the nation’s top rice producer, followed by California.



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