Below is a brief outline of what you will be responsible for when you sign an EQIP Organic Initiative contract.
To read more, please download the EQIP application (CCC-1200) and read the appendix. You can download and read the application and appendix by visiting the application materials & documents page.
By signing an EQIP Organic Initiative contract, you agree to:
pursue and obtain organic certification or be in compliance with organic certification.
develop and carry out an organic system plan or carry out practices consistent with an organic system plan.
start a financially assisted practice within the first 12 months of the contract period.
install the planned conservation practices according to a schedule defined in your contract.
install the planned conservation practices according to NRCS design standards.
operate and maintain these practices or activities for their intended purposes and life span of the practice as identified in your contract.
obtain written approval before starting to install a conservation practice that is part of your contract. Starting a practice without written approval from NRCS will result in the ineligibility of that practice for EQIP payments, unless you request a waiver from the State Conservationist and your waiver request is approved.
comply with the terms and conditions of the contract and all applicable federal, state, tribal and local laws.