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FY 2015 EQIP Organic Initiative

Ranking deadlines for FY 2014 are November 21, 2014 and February 20, 2015.

Introduction

The EQIP Organic Initiative is a special pool of money offered in all 50 states for farmers who are organic, transitioning to organic, or organic exempt with unique practices and payments determined by each individual state.

Many individual practices under the Certified 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 $80,000. Experimenting with new cover crops and crop rotations, installing intensive grazing infrastructure (grazing plans, internal fencing, walkways, water lines), establishing wildlife and pollinator friendly habitat, and high tunnels are examples of potential practices available for funding under this program.

2015 Ranking Criteria and Payment Schedule

These files are available in Adobe Acrobat format.

FY 2014 Ranking Information by Conservation District
FY 2014 EQIP Payment Schedule (584 KB)

 

WV Forms

These files are available in Adobe Acrobat format.

CCC-1200 Application (47 KB)
Spanish CCC-1200 Application (53 KB)

 

Contact your local NRCS office soon to meet with your conservation planning professional and determine which practices could enhance your farming operation.  

Contact Person Title Telephone Number e-mail Address
William P. O'Donnell ASTC-Programs 304-284-7543  Bill.Odonnell@wv.usda.gov