Statewide Organic Initative
Statewide Organic Initiative Funding
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NRCS is providing opportunity for eligible producers to apply for EQIP program benefits specifically to assist growers transitioning to organic production systems and to provide assistance to growers who are currently certified organic operations. producers that sell ag products as "organic" but whose gross agricultural income from organic sales totals $5,000 or less are exempt from certification requirements. Applicants shall have the opportunity to compete for EQIP benefits separately from other established EQIP funding options. General program information on EQIP is available on the Oklahoma EQIP web page and the National EQIP website.
EQIP Organic Fact Sheet (PDF; 52 KB)
The EQIP organic initiative has the following criteria:
- Payments through EQIP are for implementation of conservation practices approved in the Field Office Technical Guide that assist growers to meet provisions of an Organic System Plan (OSP) as administered by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). Payments are not authorized for activities or practice components which are solely production related and are not linked to an identified resource concern.
- Participants using EQIP to transition to an organic production systems must implement conservation practices for certified organic production that are consistent with an OSP.
- Participants who already operate certified organic operations must implement EQIP practices according to an approved OSP.
- NRCS must terminate EQIP contracts for producers who are either not pursuing organic certification or are not in compliance with the Organic Food Production Act of 1990.
- EQIP payments may not be used for any costs related to organic certification. EQIP payments may not to be used to provide an incentive for growers to transition to or maintain organic production.
- Producers who have annual organic sales of less than $5,000 are considered "certification exempt" and may apply as organic transitioning producers provided they can produce records to verify organic sales below $5,000 annually and that they are implementing practices in a manner consistent with an organic system plan. Annual verification of sales may be required.
Application Process, Eligibility and Evaluation Criteria
Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis, but only those received by the application ranking cut-off will be considered for funding. Funding selections will be made exclusively from those applications received.
Applicants may apply by completing the NRCS-CPA-1200 Application Form and Appendix and submit it to their local NRCS Field Service Center.
Organic Certified Ranking Criteria (PDF; 15 KB)
Organic Transitioning Ranking Criteria (PDF; 15 KB)
Organic Practices and Payment Schedule (PDF, 100KB)
Email: Kenneth Hitch
For additional information and assistance, Visit the National Organic WebSite or contact your local NRCS Field Service Center.