Organic and Transitioning Farmers: Conservation Cost Applications Due March 30
March 14, 2012
Organic farmers depend on conservation practices such as cover crops, nutrient and pest management, seasonal high tunnels, crop rotation, and fencing. And there’s a program to help organic farmers with those conservation practices.
Financial assistance as well as technical assistance is available through the Organic Initiative, which is part of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. Organic farmers and farmers who want to make the transition to organic are eligible. And if you’re one of those farmers who is organic but doesn’t certify because you sell under $5000/year in organic products? You qualify, too.
The Organic Initiative covers many conservation practices, and you can find out more about the program here: http://go.usa.gov/Uo9.
Applications are due March 30, and you can apply at your friendly local NRCS office. Find your office here: http://www.wi.nrcs.usda.gov/contact/office_search.html.