Ecological Rice Farming in the Northeastern USA is an effort to support sustainable, small-scale, organic rice production in the northeastern United States. This website highlights experiences on Akaogi Farm in Westminster West, Vermont and provides agricultural and environmental information about rice cultivation in this northern climate extreme. Details about the annual summer conference are also available.


The 5th Annual Northeast Rice Conference

The conference took place on Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 from 9am-4pm at Akaogi Farm. 2014 Conference details.

From last year's conference: "Conference Looks at Growing Rice in Northeast" Lancaster Farming  + Read Article
2013 Video presentations  + View Videos

Growing Degree Day Data

Growing degree day data is a tool to help define climatic differences and we are using it in our effort to identify rice varieties that are able to grow well in a specific location in the Northeast. Our current growing degree day map will be improved with results from rice variety trials currently being conducted at around 30 sites throughout the northeastern USA. + Learn More


This effort is currently funded by the National Science Foundation. In 2008 and 2009, funding was provided by a Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Grant.