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South Carolina Support for Organic Growers

Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP Support for Organic Growers)

Fiscal Year 2011 EQIP Organic Initiative Information

To be considered for participation in the Fiscal Year 2011 Organic Initiative, applicants must submit completed applications by May 20, 2011

If you encounter any problems with the files provided on this page, please contact Sabrenna Bryant at 803-765-5419.

The following document requireAdobe Acrobat.

Conservation Funding for Organic Ag Operations--Sign-up ends May 20, 2011   (PDF; 51 KB)  NEW! 
2011 South Carolina Resource Concerns (PDF; 116 KB)

photo of organic vegetables in South CarolinaGeneral EQIP Organic Initiative Information

The 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. The assistance from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through the EQIP program helps producers plan and implement conservation practices to allow their organic operations to be environmentally sustainable. EQIP is primarily used to provide financial and technical assistance to implement conservation practices to address soil, water, air, plant, animal, and energy resources. A new organic provision targets organic producers and producers transitioning to organic production:

  • Assistance is for conservation practices related to organic production
  • Assistance is limited to $20,000 per year and $80,000 during a six year period
  • Producers are required to develop and carry out an Organic System Plan (OSP) or carry out practices consistent with an OSP
  • Producers must be pursing an organic certification or in compliance with their organic certification


Documents and Other Information

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2011 EQIP Organic Fact Sheet  (PDF; 314 KB)  NEW!
Over $500,000 Available for SC Organic Producers (PDF; 36 KB)
South Carolina 2010 High Tunnel Study Factsheet  (PDF; 297 KB)
Organic General Payment Schedule (PDF; 82 KB)
Organic Underserved Payment Schedule (PDF; 82 KB)
Certified Organic Screening Tool (PDF; 21 KB)
2011 Organic Ranking Sheet (PDF; 9 KB)
Transition to Organic Ranking Sheet (PDF; 9 KB)
Transition to Organic Screening Tool (PDF; 23 KB)

Links to South Carolina News Releases


For more information on USDA assistance available to organic producers

National Organic Initiative Page



Gordon Mikell
Conservation Agronomist

Phone: 803-253-3893

Shaun Worley
Programs Specialist

Phone: 803-253-3512