NRCS is now offering technical and financial assistance for conservation practices related to organic production through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Organic Initiative.
Assistance is available for agricultural producers who are:
currently certified organic farmers
transitioning to certified organic production
NRCS provides financial compensation for part of the cost of establishing and maintaining conservation practices that improve the natural resources on your land. Financial assistance payments are provided to eligible producers based on a portion of the average cost associated with practice implementation. Additional payments may be available to help producers develop conservation plans which are required to obtain financial assistance. Historically underserved producers (limited resource farmers/ranchers, beginning farmers/ranchers, socially disadvantaged producers, Tribes) may be eligible for a higher practice payment rate for the implementation for conservation practices and conservation plans.
FY 2017 Practice Payment Rates
The following documents provide a listing of all eligible FY 2017 EQIP practices and their payment rates. For both the State and national initiatives being offered in Rhode Island, there is a limited suite of practices that will be eligible for FY 2017.