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2011 EQIP Organic Initiative

2011 EQIP Organic Initiative

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for Organic Production

The cutoff date for this application period is May 20, 2011.

Conservation funding is available to organic producers and those transitioning to organic production in Oregon. 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 Organic EQIP 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.

2011 EQIP Organic Initiative Practice Payment Lists and Payment Rates

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2011 EQIP Organic Initiative Practice Payment List - General (XLS, 28 KB)
2011 EQIP Organic Initiative Practice Payment List � Historically Underserved (PDF, 28 KB)

Program Benefits for Historically Underserved Clients

EQIP provides enhanced benefits to historically underserved program participants. Click here for more information about historically underserved clients.


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

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 established locally, based on locally identified natural resource needs consistent with state and national EQIP priorities. Applications that best address natural resources as described in the ranking criteria are prioritized for funding. 

EQIP State and National Priorities

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National Screening Criteria Worklist,  Transition to Organic Production Applicant (PDF, 29 KB)
National Screening Criteria Worklist, Organic Production Applicant (PDF, 27 KB)

For More Information

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Oregon Environmental Quality Incentives Program Fact Sheet (PDF, 784 KB)


Todd Peplin
NRCS Farm Bill Specialist
625 SE Salmon Avenue, Suite 4
Redmond, Oregon 97756-9580
Phone: (541) 923-4358 ext 131