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WSARE Project

This project is the result of a partnership between Oregon Tilth’s Organic Conservation Program, the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), the Xerces Society and NRCS; it is funded by a grant from Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (WSARE).

WSARE logo smallIn collaboration with regional nonprofit organizations and public agencies, Oregon Tilth has produced a series of documents which provide technical guidance to conservation planners working with organic producers.  The five guide series will enable the Federal Environmental Quality Incentives (EQIP) Program, especially the EQIP Organic Initiative, to be more responsive to and valuable for organic farmers.  EQIP provides financial payments and technical support to producers for conservation practices such as buffers, cover crops and pest management.  Together with a series of intensive trainings, these five new resources will help to address the insufficient technical resources for conservation plan development and limited staff understanding of organic production practices and certification regulations at USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) which administers EQIP.  The new guides may also be useful to other agricultural professionals such as Technical Service Providers and producers who are interested in implementing these conservation practices.

This project is the result of a partnership between Oregon Tilth’s Organic Conservation Program, the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), the Xerces Society and NRCS; it is funded by a grant from Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (WSARE).

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Below: Javier Zamora gives a tour of his organic strawberry farm 

for NRCS staff near Salinas, CA.

Javier Zamora gives a tour of his organic strawberry farm for NRCS staff near Salinas, CA.
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