2011 EQIP Organic Initiative
2011 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)- ORGANIC
Organic farming is one of the fastest growing segments in U.S. agriculture. The
Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Farm Bill) highlights the
availability of financial and technical assistance to help producers of all
commodities meet their conservation goals, including producers transitioning to
organic farming and currently certified organic producers. Assistance from the
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) helps producers plan and implement
conservation practices to allow their organic operations to be environmentally
The 2011 Organic Initiative 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
North Dakota Natural Resources Conservation Service has announced a sign-up
period through the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) for organic
agricultural producers or those transitioning to organic production providing
approximately $1.2 million in financial assistance. The second application
sign-up period ends on May 20, 2011.
Offers Conservation Funding to Organic Producers (April 11, 2011)
Payments for organic-related conservation practices to a person or legal entity may not
exceed $20,000 per year or $80,000 during any 6-year period.
Participants using EQIP to transition to an organic production system must implement
conservation practices for certified organic production that are consistent with
an Organic System Plan (OSP).
Participants who already operate certified organic operations must implement EQIP practices
according to an approved OSP.
EQIP-Organic Initiative provides financial and technical assistance for many
conservation practices including:
The following documents may require
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EQIP Organic Brochure (PDF; 195 KB)
EQIP Organic General 2011 (XLSX; 38 KB)
EQIP Organic Historically Underserved 2011 (XLSX; 38 KB)
For North Dakota eligibility information and application forms visit your local
NRCS field office.
Assistant State Conservationist for Programs