Authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, EQIP includes provisions to provide opportunities for organic producers to address natural resource concerns related to organic production as well as requirements related to adherence to the National Organic Program (NOP) requirements.
Some highlights of the organic provisions in the 2014 Farm Bill include:
Financial assistance is limited to $20,000 per year and $80,000 during a six year period.
Assistance for conservation practices and planning related to addressing resource concerns as part of organic production.
Eligible applicants for the National Certified Organic EQIP Fund Pool must meet the criteria below for certified organic producers.
Certified Organic Producers: Certified organic producers must provide NRCS with a copy of their USDA NOP organic certificate or proof of good standing from a USDA-accredited certifying agent; certification must be maintained for the life of the contract.
Interested owners and/or operators of land managed for agricultural production in California that meet the criteria of a certified organic producer may be eligible for the National Certified Organic EQIP Fund Pool.