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2011 EQIP Organic Initiative

2011 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)- ORGANIC

Overview USDA Organic Logo

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 sustainable.

Program Information

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 production.

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. 

News Release: USDA Offers Conservation Funding to Organic Producers (April 11, 2011)

Key Requirements

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.  

Practices

 EQIP-Organic Initiative provides financial and technical assistance for many conservation practices including:

  • Conservation Crop Rotation

  • Cover Crop

  • Nutrient Management

  • Pest Management

  • Prescribed Grazing

  • Forage Harvest Management

Payment Schedule

The following documents may require Adobe Reader or Microsoft Excel Viewer.

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.

Jennifer Heglund
Assistant State Conservationist for Programs
Phone: 701-530-2095
Email: jennifer.heglund@nd.usda.gov