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Organic Initiative (OI)

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program provides financial opportunities for organic producers to address natural resource concerns related to organic production, as well as requirements related to adherence to the National Organic Program (NOP) requirements and certain program payment limitations.


The first step in seeking NRCS assistance is to call your local USDA Service Center and make an appointment with NRCS staff that will help you identify the natural resource problems and opportunities on your farm, define your conservation objectives, and inventory your soil, water, air, plant and animal resources. Much of this information will require a field visit to see your operation and to evaluate the resource concerns you may have. You can work with NRCS to develop a conservation plan. Financial assistance from NRCS farm bill programs or other Federal, State and local conservation programs may be available to help fund some of the conservation practices outlined in your plan.

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National Organic Initiative (OI)

Program Contact

Brenda Tonn, Program Specialist
Phone: 651-602-7883
Email: brenda.tonn@mn.usda.gov