4 Oct 2012
Prepare to Access the Organic EQIP Initiative in 2013
NRCS Program Provides Help for Implementing Conservation Practices
The new fiscal year will bring another opportunity for certified and transitioning organic farmers and ranchers to take advantage of the special organic initiative under the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP).
Several state National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) offices -- California, Maine, and Delaware -- have already set the deadline for final application to the program for 2013 funding; each state office can set their final application dates from several alternatives. Mid October is the earliest possible deadline a state may set, so contact your local or state NRCS office soon to find out what the deadline is.
It is important to remember that you can sign-up for this initiative at any time, but if you are not signed up by the deadline, you will have to wait until next fiscal year. This link can help you find application information for your state. NRCS offices
Though the list is not yet available, at least 64 conservation practices and activities are expected to be offered support through this initiative. State Conservationists may also be able to request a waiver from offering certain practices that may not be applicable for their state in FY 2013, so again check with your local or state NRCS office.
EQIP offers a significant opportunity for organic and transitioning organic growers to receive financial assistance in implementing conservation practices consistent with organic production practices.
Last year NRCS had been authorized to disburse up to $50 million to producers who submitted successful proposals. Though details may change, a basic explanation of the program can be reviewed on the ATTRA National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service website at EQIP Organic Initiative 2012.
Finally, if you have need of further information please call our ATTRA hotline number at 1-800-346-9140 (English) and 1-800-411-3222 (Spanish).