South Carolina Support for Organic Growers

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP Support for Organic Growers)

2013 EQIP Organic Initiative


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2013 EQIP Organic Initiative

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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FY13 Organic Initiative Screening Sheet (PDF; 40 KB)

For more information on USDA assistance available to organic producers

National Organic Initiative Page

For more information onOrganic Certification in South Carolina


Gordon Mikell
Conservation Agronomist

Phone: 803-253-3893

Shaun Worley
Programs Specialist

Phone: 803-253-3512