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In Colorado, organic producers and producers looking to transition to organic, are encouraged to visit their local USDA Service Center to inquire about the benefits of participating in the initiative.

Organic Initiative

The organic initiative provides assistance to help implement conservation practices for organic producers or those transitioning to organic.  The initiative addresses natural resource concerns and helps growers meet requirements related to the National Organic Program (NOP). NRCS assistance includes, but is not limited to:

  • Developing a conservation plan
  • Establishing buffer zones
  • Planning and installing pollinator habitat
  • Improving soil quality and organic matter while minimizing erosion
  • Developing a grazing plan and supportive livestock practices
  • Improving irrigation efficiency
  • Enhancing cropping rotations and nutrient management

EQIP Organic Initiative

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) provides opportunities for financial assistance to eligible participants who implement conservation practices that support the environmental sustainability of their organic operation.  Some highlights of the organic provisions in the 2014 Farm Bill and requirements for participation in the program include:

  • Financial and technical assistance to implement conservation practices and planning to address resource concerns related to organic operations.
  • Financial assistance is limited to totals of a maximum of $20,000 per fiscal year AND no more than $80,000 over a rolling six year Farm Bill for ALL contracts approved through this authority.
  • Producers must meet all other eligibility requirements associated with EQIP.
  • Participants who are not certified or exempt from certification agree to develop and work towards implementing an Organic System Plan (OSP) to meet NOP organic certification through USDA.

Organic Conservation Planning Resources

Organic Farming Handbook Icon National Organic Farming Handbook (eDirectives) A tool for NRCS conservation planners and other agricultural professionals who work with organic producers. This handbook describes organic systems and identifies key resources to guide conservation planning and implementation on organic farms.
USDA Organic Webinars Icon Click on icon to access archived webinars on organic topics.

 

 

 

 

Helpful Guides for use by NRCS staff and TSPs

Links to Other Helpful References

Organic Videos, Fact Sheets & Posters

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Growing Organic (overview)
Healthy Soil
Weed Management
Habitat and Biodiversity
Irrigation and Water Management
Pasture Management
High Tunnels

Factsheets and Posters

Organic Eggplant Factsheet Image Organic Celery Factsheet Growing Organic Factsheet
Fact Sheet: Assistance for Certified Organic Producers (PDF, 2MB) Fact Sheet: Transitioning to Organic (PDF, 2MB) Growing Organic (PDF, 5MB)