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Organic Agriculture

The Organic Initiative

Financial and technical assistance is available for organic producers and those transitioning to organic production through the Organic Initiative under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) may be able to help you implement the following conservation activities:

  • Develop a conservation plan
  • Establish boundaries and buffer zones
  • Improve soil quality and organic matter to reduce erosion
  • Develop a grazing plan and improve grazing resources
  • Improve irrigation efficiency

Contact your local NRCS field office to learn more about how NRCS may benefit you and your land!

How EQIP Works

Applications submitted for the Organic Initiative are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year. Applications are evaluated and ranked according to environmental benefits expected through implementation of approved conservation practices.

NRCS may also provide financial assistance to participants for conservation planning services through a Technical Service Provider (TSP). These services are used to develop Conservation Activity Plans (CAPs) that will be included in the plan of operations as CAPs provide in-depth analysis of specific resource concerns.

Eligibility

EQIP offers financial and technical help to assist eligible participants install or implement structural and management practices on eligible agricultural land. In Kansas, socially disadvantaged, limited resource, and/or beginning farmers and ranchers will receive a higher payment rate for conservation practices related to the Organic Initiative.

Develop a Conservation Plan

Farmers and ranchers decide the best way to improve the productivity, sustainability, and profitability of their operation. For many producers, conservation planning serves as a fundamental starting point for maintaining and improving the natural resources that support productive and profitable agricultural operations.

Every farm or ranch has its own unique resource problems or concerns. Whether a large scale ranching operation or a small acreage hobby farm, conservation planning is an important—and voluntary—first step that owners and operators can take to meet their land management goals. At farmers’ and/or ranchers’ requests, certified conservation planners with the NRCS and local conservation districts can provide planning assistance to help them identify options that provide the greatest conservation benefits while meeting production goals.

Benefits of a Conservation Plan

  • Identifies immediate or potential resource problems that could hurt your production.
  • Helps you comply with environmental regulations.
  • Helps you qualify for various USDA conservation programs.
  • Adapts to your changing operational goals.
  • Establishes a reasonable schedule for you to apply needed conservation practices.
  • Saves you time, labor, and energy.

More Information

For more information about EQIP, visit the Kansas NRCS Web site at www.ks.nrcs.usda.gov/programs or your local U.S. Department of Agriculture Center. To find a service center near you, check your local telephone book under “United States Government” or online at offices.usda.gov.

The information on this page may also be downloaded (requires Adobe Reader).

The Organic Initiative (PDF; 1 MB)