NRCS has established edge-of-field water quality
monitoring activity standards to:
Evaluate conservation system performance
Validate and calibrate models
Evaluate adaptive management techniques.
Financial assistance is available through EQIP to install water quality monitoring equipment, collect and evaluate data, and install conservation practices in the monitoring area. Agricultural producers wishing to apply need to submit an EQIP application to their local NRCS office by July 18.
Conservation practices for certified organic producers and those transitioning to organic production. Some individual practices under this Organic Initiative have higher payments than regular EQIP, in recognition of the higher cost of organic seeds or fertilizers in an organic system. All states offer Conservation Activity Planning for the Transition to Organic. The Transition plan provides a road map for future conservation cost-share activities to enhance organic agriculture on each farm.
NRCS staff have had training to help organic farmers access this opportunity for financial assistance of up to $20,000 per year, and $80,000 total. Cover crops and crop rotations, installing intensive grazing infrastructure (grazing plans, fencing, walkways, water lines), establishing wildlife and pollinator friendly habitat, and high tunnels are examples of potential practices available for funding under this program.
Contact your local NRCS officesoon to meet with your conservation planning professional and determine which practices could enhance your farming operation. State Organic Initiative Contact: Pat Murphy firstname.lastname@example.org