Funding Available for Organic and Transitioning Organic Producers
Additional conservation practices eligible for funding this year
PHOENIX, Jan. 19, 2010 – Certified organic producers and those transitioning to organic production are encouraged to apply for conservation funding from the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Applications must be submitted by March 4 to be considered for current funding through the NRCS organic initiative.
Additional natural resource concerns can be funded this year, compared with prior years of the organic program. Irrigation improvements may be included if a primary resource concern is addressed. Primary resource concerns include the following for the organic program:
• Soil Condition
• Soil Erosion
• Domestic Animals
• Plant Condition
• Water Quality
• Fish and Wildlife
Air quality and energy conservation can also be funded if a primary resource concern is included.
Conservation Activity Plans 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. More than $1.3 million is available in Arizona to assist organic producers and those wanting to transition to organic production. While March 4 is the deadline for current funding, applicants are encouraged to apply at any time.