The Organic Conservation Program conducts regional one- and two-day workshops, coordinates webinars, and provides individualized technical assistance, for NRCS staff on organic production and conservation practices for organic farms.
NRCS Organic Technical Assistance
The Organic Conservation Program conducts regional one- and two-day workshops, coordinates webinars, and provides individualized technical assistance, for NRCS staff on organic production and conservation practices for organic farms. Curriculum is adapted for relevance to local crops, conditions, and needs and be responsive to timely issues and emerging trends. The workshops familiarize participants with the principles of organic conservation, increase their comfort level delivering the Environmental Quality Incentive Program-Organic Initiative, and bring them into a network of expertise, resources, and support for organic producers. Sessions may include:
- The National Organic Program, regulatory roles, and organic production standards and practices;
- Resources for organic farming information such as approved materials lists;
- Priority conservation practices for organic and transitioning farms and ranches (e.g., nutrient management; pest management; weed management; soil quality related practices including rotation, cover crops, mulching, and composting; wildlife/pollinator habitat; high tunnels; livestock management);
- Resource concerns on organic farms (e.g., soil quality/fertility during transition, maintaining plant health under higher pest pressure, risk of offsite contaminants, pest prevention through wildlife/pollinator habitat);
- Practical considerations and implementation issues for organic conservation projects;
- Implications of other regulatory systems such as the NOP and food safety regulations for organic conservation;
- Technical specifications such as seeding rates and nutrient budgets; and
- Demonstration of organic conservation implementation through tours and talks by local farmers.