2010 EQIP Organic Initiative
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for Organic Production
The cutoff date for applications deadline is March 12, 2010.
Conservation funding is available to organic producers and those transitioning
to organic production in Oregon. Financial and technical assistance is available
through the Organic initiative under the Environmental Quality Incentives
EQIP is a voluntary program that provides assistance to growers and
landowners who want to plan and install measures to protect the soil, water, air
and other natural resources on their working land. The Natural Resources
Conservation Service (NRCS) administers EQIP.
The EQIP Organic Initiative signup is a nationwide special initiative to
provide financial assistance to National Organic Program (NOP) certified organic
producers as well as producers in the process of transitioning to organic
production. Organic producers may also apply for assistance under the General
EQIP program that is open to both organic and non-organic producers.
Technical and Financial Assistance
Through the Organic EQIP signup, farmers, ranchers and dairy operators may
apply for financial assistance and technical expertise to plan and install
conservation measures, such as:
- Buffer Strips,
- Conservation Crop Rotation,
- Cover Crops,
- Field Borders,
- Nutrient Management,
- Pest Management,
- Residue Management,
- and more.
Growers may not receive EQIP payments for conservation work they have already
Program Benefits for Historically Underserved Clients
EQIP provides enhanced benefits to historically underserved program
participants. Click here for more information about
historically underserved clients.
To be eligible for the program, applicants must be farmers or ranchers who
earn a minimum agricultural income and meet other EQIP program requirements. For
more detailed information, read EQIP Eligibility
How to Apply
To participate in the program, growers must work with NRCS to identify and
plan conservation measures. NRCS works with farmers and ranchers to develop a
conservation plan that includes a detailed description of the conservation
activities and practices they want to implement on their land.
Funding Selection and Priorities
Priorities for EQIP funding are established locally, based on locally
identified natural resource needs consistent with state and national EQIP
priorities. Applications that best address natural resources as described in the
ranking criteria are prioritized for funding.
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