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FY 2015 Organic Initiative

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for Organic Production

The application ranking periods are:

  • January 15, 2015
  • March 20, 2015

Conservation funding is available to organic producers and those transitioning to organic production in Oregon. Financial and technical assistance is available through the Organic Initiative under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

The EQIP Organic Initiative signup is a voluntary nationwide special initiative to provide financial assistance to Organic producers that are National Organic Program (NOP) certified, transitioning to become organically certified, or those producers selling less than $5000 of organic products per year. Organic producers may also apply for assistance under the General EQIP program that is open to both organic and non-organic producers.

Technical and Financial Assistance

Through the EQIP Organic Initiative signup, farmers, ranchers and dairy operators may apply for financial assistance and technical expertise to plan and install conservation measures, such as:

  • Buffer Strips,
  • Conservation Crop Rotation,
  • Cover Crops,
  • Field Borders,
  • Mulching,
  • Nutrient Management,
  • Pest Management,
  • Residue Management,
  • and more.

Growers may not receive EQIP payments for conservation work they have already undertaken.

2015 EQIP Organic Initiative Practice Payment Lists and Payment Rates

Program Benefits for Historically Underserved Clients

EQIP provides enhanced benefits to historically underserved program participants. Click here for more information about historically underserved clients.


To be eligible for the program, applicants must be farmers or ranchers who earn a minimum agricultural income and meet other EQIP program requirements. For more detailed information, go to: EQIP Eligibility. Eligible lands for the Organic Initiative are Cropland, Headquarters, Pasture and Rangelands. 

Other eligibility criteria for the organic initiative are:

  • Certified Organic Producer -- must provide NRCS with a copy of their Organic System Plan (OSP) and must maintain their certification for the life of the contract.
  • Transition Organic Producer -- must self-certify that they agree to develop and implement an Organic System Plan (OSP) and provide NRCS with contact information of the applicant's USDA accredited organic certifying agent.
  • Organic Producers selling less than $5,000 per year -- will need to self-certify that they agree to develop and implement an Organic System Plan (OSP).

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National Worksheet and Self-Certification Form (PDF, 49 KB)

How to Apply

To participate in the program, growers must work with NRCS to identify and plan conservation measures. NRCS works with farmers and ranchers to develop a conservation plan that includes a detailed description of the conservation activities and practices they want to implement on their land.

Funding Selection and Priorities

Priorities for EQIP funding are based on identified natural resource needs that are consistent with state and national EQIP priorities. Applications that best address natural resources as described in the ranking criteria are prioritized for funding. 

EQIP Ranking Questions

For More Information

NRCS National Organic Web Page

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FY 15 Organic Initiative Flyer (PDF, 1 MB)




Program Contacts:

Todd Peplin
NRCS Farm Bill Specialist

1201 NE Lloyd Blvd, Suite 900
Portland, Oregon  97232
Phone: (503) 414-3292

Denise Troxell
NRCS State Agronomist

1201 NE Lloyd Blvd, Suite 900
Portland, Oregon  97232
Phone:  (503) 414-3232

Local Contact
Please contact the District Conservationist in the USDA Service Center nearest the location of your property.