Announces Funding Opportunity for Organic Producers to Implement
DOVER, Del., April 12,
2011 – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing
another funding opportunity for certified organic producers and those
transitioning to organic production to implement conservation practices
on their agricultural operations. Producers now have until May 20 to
apply for financial assistance in fiscal year 2011.
opportunity will allow more organic growers to get assistance in
protecting the natural resources on their land and creating conditions
that help foster organic production,” said NRCS State Conservationist
A total of $410,000 is
available this year to help Delaware producers plan and implement
conservation practices in ways that are consistent with organic
production. Conservation practices include planting cover crops,
establishing integrated pest management plans, constructing seasonal
high tunnels, and implementing nutrient management systems consistent
with organic certification standards.
include those certified through USDA’s
National Organic Program,
those transitioning to certified organic production, and those who meet
organic standards but are exempt from certification because their gross
annual organic sales are less than $5,000.
Organic Initiative funding is provided through NRCS’
Environmental Quality Incentives Program
(EQIP), a voluntary conservation program that promotes farm production
while improving environmental quality. The 2008 Farm Bill provided
assistance specifically for organic farm operations and those converting
to organic production.
Under EQIP Organic Initiative contracts, NRCS provides financial
payments and technical assistance to help producers implement
conservation measures in keeping with organic production. Beginning,
limited resource, and socially disadvantaged producers may obtain
additional assistance. The 2008 Farm Bill limits EQIP payments for
organic operations to $20,000 per year per person or legal entity, with
a maximum total of $80,000 over six years.
Producers interested in applying for EQIP Organic Initiative funding can
submit applications anytime through their local NRCS Service Center. In
Sussex County, call 302-856-3990 x 3; in Kent County, call 302-741-2600
x 3; in New Castle County, call 302-832-3100 x 3, or visit the Delaware
NRCS Web site at
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