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Programs and Practices for Organic Farming

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NRCS is now offering technical and financial assistance for conservation practices related to organic production through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Organic Initiative. USDA Organic Logo

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.

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    Standard Practice Payment Rates and Historically Underserved Payment Rates (PDF,471 KB)

    Certified Organic Ranking Tool (PDF,184 KB)

    Transition to Organic Ranking Tool (PDF,184 KB)


    Please contact your local NRCS office to start the planning and application process.

    Links to information on this website:
    EQIP Organic Information