Organic Initiative Funds Now Available! Sign up through May 29

posted Monday, May 18, 2009        


Organic Initiative Funds Now Available!
First Sign up Period: May 11 – May 29

The Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) has created a special $50 million pool of funding for a new Organic Initiative under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). The Initiative will provide payments and technical assistance to transitioning and existing organic farmers who adopt NRCS conservation practices used in organic production systems.
Eligible Farmers:

* Farmers just beginning or in the process of transitioning to organic production;
* Existing certified organic farmers who want to transition additional acres or animals;
* Existing certified organic farmers who need to adopt additional conservation measures;
* Producers who sell less than $5,000 in agricultural products and are thus exempt from formal certification are still eligible for Organic Initiative payments.


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