The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for Organic Production
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.
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 eligibility 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 EQIP are accepted on an ongoing basis.
All conservation practices in the Idaho Initiative Payment Schedule are available through the Organic Initative. The payment schedules include the rates of payment of the listed conservation practices.
Information about organic certification is available from the Idaho Department of Agriculture on this Web site: http://www.agri.idaho.gov/Categories/PlantsInsects/Organic/indexOrganicHome.php.
Idaho EQIP Organic Assistance Contacts
Please contact the District Conservationist in the USDA Service Center nearest the location of your property.
Idaho EQIP Program Manager:
Phone: (208) 378-5724
Idaho Organic POC:
Phone: (208) 685-6991