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Organic Farming

Conservation for Organic Farmers & RanchersOrganic 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 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Organic Initiative offers financial and technical assistance for National Organic Program (NOP) certified organic growers as well as producers in the process of transitioning to organic production. Eligible participants receive support for implementing conservation practices or activities like conservation planning to address natural resource concerns. Payments are made after implementation of practices/activities identified in an EQIP plan of operations. Learn more.

Resources for Virginia Organic FarmersImages of Virginia organic producers

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The NRCS Organic Farming Handbook describes organic systems and identifies key resources to guide conservation planning and implementation on organic farms.
Though it was developed for NRCS conservation planners and other agricultural professionals, producers and other audiences may also find the handbook useful.

Organic Farming Handbook (eDirectives)

Virginia EQIP Organic Initiative Fact Sheet (PDF, 868 KB)

National Organic Fact Sheets:

Fact Sheet:Transitioning to Organic Fact Sheet: Assistance for Certified Organic Producers
Fact Sheet:Transitioning to Organic (PDF; 2MB) Fact Sheet: Assistance for Certified Organic Producers (PDF; 2MB)

Virginia NRCS Organic Contacts

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

Virginia Organic Initiative Program Manager: 
Ron Wood
Phone: (804) 278-1660
Email: ron.wood@va.usda.gov