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NRCS Offers New Online Resources with Climate Smart Agriculture Information for Organic Producers

Contact:
Fred Schrank
(254) 742-9856


Temple, Texas, June 24, 2022 – The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Texas is pleased to announce the launch of its Texas organic webpage. This webpage serves as an informational hub with a variety of resources for organic farmers and those looking to transition to organic to help them meeting growing consumer demand.

“Organic farming is one of the fastest growing segments of agriculture in Texas,” says NRCS State Conservationist Kristy Oates. “NRCS can help organic producers implement climate-smart agriculture practices on organic farms, develop a conservation plan that meets their goals, and can often help with financial assistance to implement elements of the plan. These resources and more are now all easily accessible on our organic webpage.

Organic farming is an ecologically based system that relies on preventative practices for weed, insect and disease problems, uses nontoxic methods to manage problems if they arise, and improves the natural resources of the land, including soil and water quality.

The new webpage offers resources such as how to become a certified organic producer, agency publications, Farm Bill conservation programs such as NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) - Organic Initiative and producer success stories.

One of the featured organic producers is Jeremy Brown, owner of Broadview Agriculture, a 5,000-acre family farm Dawson County, near Lamesa, Texas. Since discovering what the NRCS can help with, Brown has been quick to partner with them on a variety of conservation-based projects implementing climate smart agriculture practices on his organic operation.

According to USDA NRCS Texas Organic Champion Michael Higgins, based in the NRCS office in Arlington, the number of organic producers in Texas has more than doubled. Texas now has close to 400 certified organic crop operations and more than 30 certified organic livestock operations. The 2019 NASS Organic Survey showed that Texas had $424 million in annual organic sales.

In addition to the online resources, NRCS Texas has two Urban Conservationists that serve as Organic Champions for the agency and can assist producers with any concerns or opportunities with organic production. Michael Higgins, stationed in the Arlington USDA Service Center can be reached at michael.higgins@usda.gov or via phone at 817-602-0195. Margaret Gannon, stationed in the USDA Service Center in El Paso can be reach by email at margaret.gannon@usda.gov or by phone at 915-261-1443.

Organic producers or those interested in becoming an organic producer can also visit their local USDA service center.