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Organic EQIP

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for Organic Production

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The Organic EQIP signup is a nationwide special initiative to provide financial assistance to National Organic Program (NOP) certified organic producers as well as producers in the process of transitioning to organic production. Eligible producers can apply for assistance to help offset the costs of adopting practices to improve resource conservation on organic operations.

The last opportunity to apply for fiscal year 2013 Organic Initiative funds is April 19, 2013. For more information on this program, refer to the NRCS national page: Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Support for Organic Growers.

To participate in the program, growers work with NRCS to develop a conservation plan that includes a detailed description of the conservation activities and practices they want to implement on their land. Examples of conservation practices that may benefit organic producers include:

  • Conservation Crop Rotation
  • Cover Crops
  • Nutrient Management
  • Pest Management
  • Prescribed Grazing
  • Forage Harvest Management

The conservation plan becomes the basis for the program application. Those who have previously developed a conservation plan with NRCS will already have the conservation planning step completed. Those who have not previously participated in NRCS programs should schedule a meeting to discuss the options and develop a conservation plan before moving forward. All information provided to NRCS for conservation planning purposes is strictly confidential.

To be eligible for the program, applicants must be farmers or ranchers who earn a minimum agricultural income and meet other EQIP requirements. Growers may not receive EQIP payments for conservation work they have already undertaken.

EQIP is a voluntary program that provides assistance to growers and landowners who want to plan and install measures to protect the soil, water, air and other natural resources on their working land. Organic producers may also apply for assistance under the General EQIP program that is open to both organic and non-organic producers.

NOTE: Applications for General EQIP signup are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Conservation Practices Available and Payment Schedule Rates: Please see the payment schedules below for which conservation practices are available for either certified organic producers or producers who are in transition to organic production. Also included are the rates of payment for the listed conservation practices.

EQIP Organic Certified Ranking Sheet (PDF; 161 KB)

EQIP Organic Transition Ranking Sheet
(PDF; 160 KB)

EQIP Organic General Payment Schedule
(PDF; 76 KB)

EQIP Organic Historically Underserved Payment Schedule
(PDF; 77 KB)

EQIP Organic 2 General Payment Schedule
(PDF; 78 KB)

EQIP Organic 2 Historically Underserved Payment Schedule (PDF; 78 KB)

2010 EQIP Special Initiative for Organic Production Fact Sheet (PDF; 105 KB)

Idaho's News Release: Special Funds Available Through USDA for Organic Producers.

Information about organic certification is available from the Idaho Department of Agriculture on this Web site:

Idaho EQIP Organic Assistance Contacts

Local Contact:
Please contact the District Conservationist in the USDA Service Center nearest the location of your property.

Idaho EQIP Program Manager:
Ron Brooks

Phone: (208) 378-5724

Idaho Organic POC:
Dee Carlson

Phone: (208) 685-6985