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 producers transitioning to organic and those who fall under the exemption category.
Transition to Organic Producers: Transitioning to Organic must self-certify that they agree to develop and implement an Organic System Plan (OSP) before an EQIP contract may be approved.
Organic Producers (Exempt from Certification): 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 Fund Pool provided that they self-certify that they agree to develop and implement an OSP.
Interested owners and/or operators of land managed for agricultural production in California that meet the criteria of a producer transitioning to organic or exempt from certification may be eligible for the National Organic Transition EQIP Fund Pool.