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USDA Offers New Opportunities for Organic and Transitioning-to-Organic Farmers!

Have you ever looked across your land and thought about some operational management goals you would like to take to the next level? Maybe we can help … the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is now offering a new and exciting opportunity specifically for organic and transitioning-to-organic farmers!

Our Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) offers access to a separate organic fund pool where you only compete with other like-minded operations. The program will help strengthen the sustainability and resiliency of your farm, while enhancing the level of conservation in your Organic System Plan.

Unlike other NRCS programs that base payments on the actual amount of an installed practice – which can provide a low financial benefit to smaller operations – CSP provides each participant with a minimum annual payment of $1,500 for each year of the five-year contract. Payments are based on conservation already adopted as part of the farm’s management, as well as additional practices or enhancements that further conservation on the farm.

CSP also allows for the adoption of practices and enhancements that help improve many facets of an organic operation. Examples of program outcomes include an increase of on-farm pollinator populations, increased soil health, expanded production of organic pasture systems, more efficient irrigation systems and management, restored habitats, and an increase of on-farm diversity – just to name a few.

Batching date for FY2022 funding is February 18, 2022.

If you’re interested, check out our CSP webpage or reach out to your local service center for more information and/or an application. Applications may also be completed remotely using offsite link image    .