Applications for NRCS Organic Initiative Due June 1, 2012
Applications for NRCS Organic Initiative Due June 1
RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE (NRCS), Huron, SD., May 24, 2012 – USDA Natural
Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Jeff Zimprich,
reminds potential applicants to contact their local NRCS office soon to find out
if they are eligible for the agency’s Organic Initiative. Applications for the
third ranking period of 2012 are due at NRCS offices by close of business on
June 1, 2012. This will be the last signup period for FY-12 funding. The NRCS
Office Locator is available at http://go.usa.gov/Uo8.
NRCS has nearly $50 million in financial and technical assistance available to
certified organic producers, those who want to make the transition to organic
production and producers who sell less than $5,000 in organic products annually.
demand for organically grown foods provides new opportunities for small and
mid-size farmers to prosper and stay competitive. This initiative will allow
more producers to get the needed assistance in protecting the natural resources
on their land and, at the same time, creating conditions that help foster
Part of the
Environmental Quality Incentives Program, the Organic Initiative offers a wide
array of conservation practices specifically designed for organic production.
These practices will help the selected applicants meet many requirements of
their USDA Organic System Plans and stay in compliance with USDA’s National
Organic Program. The top five Organic Initiative conservation practices are
cover crops, nutrient and pest management, seasonal high tunnels, crop rotation,
the 2012 signups include three ranking periods for current and transitioning
producers; a threshold ranking score that can speed up approval for qualified
applicants; required conservation practices that promote the consistent use of
those practices; and an expanded list of conservation activity plans.
about the Organic Initiative at http://go.usa.gov/Uo9 and find out about other
NRCS initiatives and programs at http://go.usa.gov/UoX.