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.
* 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.