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EQIP Organic Initiative Quick Facts

This page briefly describes basic information about EQIP Organic.

  • Individuals, groups and entities who own or manage certified organic operations or operations that are transitioning to certified organic are eligible to apply. Please read more on the eligibility requirements page.

  • Contracts can last from 2 to 10 years.

  • Payments are limited to $20,000 per participant annually or $80,000 over a 6 year period.

  • There is no minimum acreage requirement to apply for EQIP Organic, however, projects that address significant resource concerns are more likely to receive funding.

  • Beginning, socially disadvantaged and limited-resource farmers may be eligible for higher payment rates. Click on the links to find out if you are eligible.

  • EQIP Organic applicants are also eligible to apply for general EQIP funding.

  • Participants will be reimbursed for part of the cost of installing conservation practices after the practices have been installed. Many participants choose to finance associated costs through the Farm Service Agency (FSA), or other private lending agencies. Beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers may be eligible to receive up to 30 percent of their NRCS payments in advance for purchasing materials or contracting.

  • You may sign up for this program at any time through your local NRCS office. Applications are accepted all year, but are reviewed in a competitive ranking process when funding becomes available - usually once each year.