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Final Funding Opportunity for Organic Farmers and Ranchers in Oregon

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Oregon Acting State Conservationist Danny Burgett reminds potential applicants to contact their local NRCS office soon to find out if they are eligible for the agency’s Organic Initiative. Applications for the final ranking period of 2012 are due at NRCS offices by close of business on June 1, 2012.

Release No.  2012.04-002
 
CONTACT:
Todd Peplin, NRCS Farm Bill Specialist, todd.peplin@or.usda.gov, (541) 923-4358 ext. 131
Sara Magenheimer, State Public Affairs Officer, (503) 414-3250, sara.magenheimer@or.usda.gov

Final Funding Opportunity for Organic
Farmers and Ranchers in Oregon
Applications due on or before June 1, 2012
 
PORTLAND, Ore. (April 24, 2012) — USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Oregon Acting State Conservationist Danny Burgett reminds potential applicants to contact their local NRCS office soon to find out if they are eligible for the agency’s Organic Initiative. Applications for the final ranking period of 2012 are due at NRCS offices by close of business on June 1, 2012.
 
“The Organic Initiative is an incredibly helpful tool that can assist existing organic producers and those transitioning to organic farming to reach their conservation objectives,” said Burgett.  “In 2011, Oregon NRCS contracted with over 40 organic producers through this initiative helping growers meet requirements of their USDA Organic System Plans and stay in compliance with USDA’s National Organic Program.”
 
Nationwide, NRCS has nearly $50 million in financial and technical assistance available to certified organic producers, those who want to make the transition to organic production, and producers who sell less than $5,000 in organic products annually.
 
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Organic Initiative offers a wide array of conservation practices specifically designed for organic production. “We encourage organic producers to visit with our local field offices to see if this program can help them reach their organic production goals,” said Burgett.
 
Organic Initiative conservation practices in Oregon include buffer strips, conservation crop rotation, cover crops, drip irrigation, fencing, field borders, mulching, nutrient management, pest management and others.
 
This is the final ranking period for this year’s Organic Initiative.   If you are a current or transitioning organic producer, please visit your local USDA service center as soon as possible.
 
Learn more about the Organic Initiative at http://www.or.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/eqip/fy12/organic.html
 
For more information about NRCS and other programs, visit http://www.or.nrcs.usda.gov/.
 
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Originally established by Congress in 1935 as the Soil Conservation Service (SCS), NRCS has expanded to become a conservation leader for all natural resources, ensuring private lands are conserved, restored, and more resilient to environmental challenges.  The NRCS works with landowners through conservation planning and assistance designed to benefit the soil, water, air, plants, and animals that result in
productive lands and healthy ecosystems.
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1400 Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C.  20250-9410
or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).
Local contact information is located in the telephone book under the federal government listing or can be found online at: www.or.nrcs.usda.gov.

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