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News Release

Funding Available for Organic and Transitioning Organic Producers


Application Deadline - June 1, 2012

 

PHOENIX, April 3, 2012 Certified organic producers and those transitioning to organic production are encouraged to apply for conservation funding from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Applications must be submitted by June 1 to be considered for 2012 funding through the NRCS organic initiative.

Through the EQIP Organic Initiative signup, farmers, ranchers and dairy operators may apply for financial assistance and technical expertise to plan and install conservation measures, such as:

• Buffer Strips
• Conservation Crop Rotation
• Cover Crops
• Field Borders
• Mulching
• Nutrient Management
• Pest Management
• Residue Management
• Pollinator Habitat

Conservation Activity Plans (CAP) are being offered this year through the organic program to producers who want technical assistance on a specific resource concern. Through a CAP, NRCS funds are used to pay a portion of the cost for a private technical service provider to develop plans outlining conservation treatment alternatives.

NRCS provides assistance through this and other Farm Bill conservation programs. While
June 1 is the deadline for current funding, those interested are encouraged to apply at any time.

NRCS has 24 field offices in Arizona. Find the one nearest you at www.az.nrcs.usda.gov/ contact or call 620-280-8800 for more information.

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Links:

NRCS Organic Agriculture Webpage 
NRCS EQIP Technical and Financial Support for Conservation on Organic Farms Webinar

 

 

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