Learn about the many areas in which NRCS provides assistance to organic producers, from biodiversity to weed management.
NRCS Assistance Areas
Habitat and Biodiversity
NRCS can help organic farmers work with nature instead of against it, building and conserving vital habitat for pollinators, beneficial insects, and wildlife. Learn more on our Habitat and Biodiversity page or watch our video below.
Healthy soil is the foundation of organic farming. Learn how NRCS can help farmers and ranchers with a number of conservation practices that build healthy soil on our Healthy Soils page or watch our video below.
Livestock and Pasture Management
NRCS can help organic livestock producers with practices such as pasture and grazing management, diverse pasture plantings, fencing, and walkways, watering facilities, and shelters for animals. Learn more on our Livestock and Pasture Management page or watch our video below.
Weed and Pest Management
Organic farmers can work with NRCS to implement a variety of conservation practices that suppress weeds while building soil health. Learn more about NRCS can help on our Weed and Pest Management page or watch the video below.
Irrigation and Water Management
NRCS can help organic farmers with irrigation water management strategies tailored to their farm’s specific needs. Conservation practices can also protect water quality in the surrounding ecosystem. Learn more on our Irrigation and Water Management page or watch the video below.
Growing All Seasons: High Tunnel
High tunnels protect plants from severe weather and allow farmers to extend their growing seasons – growing earlier into the spring, later into the fall, and sometimes, year-round. Learn more about NRCS assistance for high tunnel on our Growing All Seasons page or watch the video below.
Technical and Financial Assistance
NRCS offers technical and financial assistance through conservation practices, activities and enhancements to help agricultural producers make and maintain improvements on their land.
Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP)
OCCSP provides cost share assistance to producers and handlers of agricultural products who are obtaining or renewing their certification under the National Organic Program (NOP).
More Resources for Organic Farmers
Farmers.gov provides, among other resources, information about organic standards, USDA data and research, and options for organic farmers to engage with USDA.