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                                                                                                   December 30, 2009

Subject: LTP – EQIP Organic Initiative for FY2010

Purpose. To withdraw information about the EQIP Organic Initiative sign-up that was included in Maine Bulletin 300-10-2.

Expiration Date. September 30, 2010

Maine Bulletin 300-10-2, dated December 10, 2009, included information about the sign-up deadline that we established for the EQIP Organic Initiative for FY2010. That bulletin established January 22, 2010, as the sign-up cutoff for this initiative. We have been informed that additional guidance about the initiative, including the sign-up dates and the practice payment schedule is being developed at the National Headquarters. Therefore, the specific guidance about the EQIP Organic Initiative that was included in Maine Bulletin 300-10-2 is withdrawn. We will reissue information about this initiative (sign-up dates, payment rates and etc.) as soon as we have received the National guidance.

In the meantime, feel free to share with interested producers that there will be a Statewide Organic Initiative in 2010 and take any applications that producers are submitting.

Contact. Bill Yamartino, ASTC for Programs at 207-990-9553 or email

/s/ William Yamartino, Acting

State Conservationist