Through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) NOI, NRCS will
assist eligible producers with installation of conservation practices on
agricultural operations related to organic production. NRCS has determined that
this definition includes certified organic producers and producers who are
transitioning to become certified organic. Eligible applicants also include
producers who fall under the exemption category in the National Organic Program
(NOP) regulation. Applications are continuously accepted.
Certified organic producers must provide NRCS with a copy of their
Organic System Plan (OSP) and Organic Certification must be maintained for
the life of the contract.
Transitioning to Organic must self-certify that they agree to develop
and implement an Organic System Plan (OSP) and provide NRCS the contact
information of the applicant’s USDA accredited organic certifying agent
before an EQIP contract can be approved.
Organic producers selling less than $5,000 a year in organic
agricultural products are exempt from organic certification. Exempt organic
producers are eligible for the EQIP Organic Initiative. Applications should
be ranked with certified organic producers provided that they self certify
that they agree to develop and implement an OSP.
Payments for practices for the Organic Initiative are limited to $20,000
per fiscal year and $80,000 during the 6 rolling years of a Farm Bill.