Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 National Certified Organic EQIP Initiative
About the National Certified Organic EQIP Initiative
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 Initiative must meet the criteria below for certified organic producers and those who fall under the exemption category in the National Organic Program (NOP) regulation.
Certified Organic Producers: Certified organic producers shall 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.
Organic Producers (Exempt from Certification): Exempt organic producers who are selling less than $5,000 a year in organic agricultural products are exempt from NOP’s certification. Exempt organic producers are eligible for the EQIP Organic Initiative provided that they self-certify that they agree to develop and implement an OSP.