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Interested agricultural producers should contact their Local USDA NRCS Louisiana Office.

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USDA Announces Opportunity for Organic Producers to Implement Conservation Practices

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced another funding opportunity for certified organic producers and those transitioning to organic production to implement resource conservation practices on their agricultural operations.

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis. Please contact your local NRCS Field Office to obtain an application.

Helping Louisiana farmers who are certified organic producers or are transitioning to organic

Organic Initiative - EQIP

The Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill) provides specific opportunities for organic producers and those transitioning to organic farming. Louisiana farmers who are transitioning to organic or who are currently certified organic can now apply to receive assistance under the Organic Initiative through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). NRCS administers EQIP and its applications for the Organic Initiative. Eligible producers include those certified through USDA’s National Organic Program, those transitioning to certified organic production, and those who meet organic standards but are exempt from certification because their gross annual organic sales are less than $5,000.

Organic Initiative funding is provided through NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), a voluntary conservation program that promotes agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible national goals. The 2008 Farm Bill provided assistance specifically for organic farm operations and those converting to organic production.

Under EQIP Organic Initiative contracts, NRCS provides financial payments and technical assistance to help producers implement conservation measures in keeping with organic production. Beginning, limited resource, and socially disadvantaged producers may obtain additional assistance.

Louisiana producers interested in applying for EQIP Organic Initiative funding must submit applications through their local NRCS office.

Technical Assistance offered by the NRCS on conservation planning
Conservation planning - technical assistance offered by the NRCS

Conservation Practices Available and Payment Schedule Rates

Please see the payment schedules below for which conservation practices are available for either certified organic producers or producers who are in transition to organic production. Also included are the rates of payment for the listed conservation practices.

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2013 Eligible Practice List (Under Development)


List of Potential Practices - Organic Funding

To participate in the program, growers work with NRCS to develop a conservation plan that includes a detailed description of the conservation activities and practices they want to implement on their land. Examples of conservation practices that may benefit organic producers include:

  • 328 Conservation Crop Rotation

  • 340 Cover Crop

  • 345 Residue And Tillage Management, Mulch Till

  • 382 Fence

  • 386 Field Border

  • 393 Filter Strip

  • 412 Grassed Waterway

  • 441 Irrigation System, Micro Irrigation

  • 512 Forage and Biomass Planting

  • 516 Pipeline

  • 528 Prescribed Grazing

  • 533 Pumping Plant

  • 550 Range Planting

  • 578 Stream Crossing

  • 587 Structure For Water Control

  • 590 Nutrient Management

  • 595 Pest Management

  • 607 Surface Drain, Field Ditch

  • 614 Watering Facility

  • 633 Waste Utilization

  • 642 Water Well

  • 655 Forest Trails and Landings

  • 717 Livestock Shade Structure

  • 798 Seasonal High Tunnel System For Crops

Technical and Support Information for EQIP and Other NRCS Organic Activities