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Environmental Quality Incentives Program - Organic Initiative

Environmental Quality Incentives Program Support for Organic Producers

The 2008 Farm Bill highlights the availability of financial and technical assistance to help producers of all commodities meet their conservation goals, including producers transitioning to organic farming and currently certified organic producers. The assistance from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through the EQIP program helps producers plan and implement conservation practices to achieve increased conservation benefits on their operations. EQIP is primarily used to provide financial and technical assistance to implement conservation practices to address soil, water, air, plant, animal, and energy resources.

A new organic provision targets organic producers and producers transitioning to organic production:
*   Assistance is for conservation practices related to organic production
*   Assistance is limited to $20,000 per year and $80,000 during a six year period
*   Producers are required to develop and carry out an Organic System Plan (OSP) or carry out practices consistent with an OSP  

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Practice List -Florida

PRACTICE    PRACTICE NAME
CODE         

  • 472      Access Control
  • 575      Animal Trails and Walkways
  • 314      Brush Management
  • 317      Composting Facility
  • 328      Conservation Crop Rotation
  • 340      Cover Crop
  • 342      Critical Area Planting
  • 362      Diversion
  • 382      Fence
  • 386      Field Border
  • 393      Filter Strip
  • 511      Forage Harvest Management
  • 512      Forage and Biomass Planting
  • 412      Grassed Waterway
  • 561      Heavy Use Area Protection
  • 422      Hedgerow Planting
  • 315      Herbaceous Weed Control
  • 603      Herbaceous Wind Barriers
  • 595      Integrated Pest Management
  • 484      Mulching
  • 590      Nutrient Management
  • 516      Pipeline
  • 528      Prescribed Grazing
  • 533      Pumping Plant
  • 550      Range Planting
  • 329      Residue Management - No-Till/Strip Till/Direct Seed
  • 345      Residue Management - Mulch Till
  • 391      Riparian Forest Buffer
  • 390      Riparian Herbaceous Cover
  • 798      Seasonal High Tunnel System for Crops
  • 578      Stream Crossing
  • 585      Stripcropping
  • 607      Surface Drainage, Field Ditch
  • 600      Terrace
  • 620      Underground Outlet
  • 638      Water & Sediment Control Basin
  • 642      Water Well
  • 614      Watering Facility
  • 380      Windbreak/Shelterbelt Establishment
  • 138      Supporting Organic Transition Conservation Activity Plan

Organic Initiative National website

Florida EQIP website


The NRCS National EQIP Website has more information.


Florida Program Contact

Contact your Local USDA Service Center or

Jeffrey Woods, Assistant State Conservationist for Financial Assistance Programs, 352-338-9515