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EQIP Organic Initiative

2014 EQIP Organic Initiative

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for Organic Production

NRCS is currently accepting applications.  The next evaluation period ends on February 21, 2014.  Depending on fund availability and demand another evaluation period may be offered for FY 2014.

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

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. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) administers EQIP.

The EQIP Organic Initiative 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. Organic producers may also apply for assistance under the General EQIP program that is open to both organic and non-organic producers.


Technical and Financial Assistance

Through the EQIP Organic Initiative signup, farmers, ranchers and dairy operators may apply for financial assistance and technical expertise to plan and install conservation measures, such as:

  • Buffer Strips,
  • Conservation Crop Rotation,
  • Cover Crops,
  • Field Borders,
  • Mulching,
  • Nutrient Management,
  • Pest Management,
  • Residue Management,
  • and more.

Growers may not receive EQIP payments for conservation work they have already undertaken.

2014 EQIP Organic Initiative Practice Payment Lists and Payment Rates

  • TBA


To be eligible for the program, applicants must be farmers or ranchers who earn a minimum agricultural income and meet other EQIP program requirements. For more detailed information, go to: EQIP Eligibility. Eligible lands for the Organic Initiative are Cropland, Headquarters, Pasture and Rangelands. 

Other eligibility criteria for the organic initiative are:

  • Certified Organic Producer -- must provide NRCS with a copy of their Organic System Plan (OSP) and must maintain their certification for the life of the contract.
  • Transition Organic Producer -- must self-certify that they agree to develop and implement an Organic System Plan (OSP) and provide NRCS with contact information of the applicant's USDA accredited organic certifying agent.
  • Organic Producers selling less than $5,000 per year -- will need to self-certify that they agree to develop and implement an Organic System Plan (OSP).

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How to Apply

To participate in the program, growers must work with NRCS to identify and plan conservation measures. NRCS works with farmers and ranchers to develop a conservation plan that includes a detailed description of the conservation activities and practices they want to implement on their land.


Funding Selection and Priorities

Priorities for EQIP funding are based on identified natural resource needs that are consistent with state and national EQIP priorities. Applications that best address natural resources as described in the ranking criteria are prioritized for funding.  Successful applicants will be reimbursed for contracted practices according to the payment schedule.

2014 Ranking Tools Available

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For More Information

  • Pending - Organic Initiative Flyer

NRCS National Organic Web Page



Please contact the District Conservationist in the USDA Service Center nearest the location of your property.

Michael Neubeiser
State Program Manager
(505) 761-4419