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NRCS EQIP Funding for Oregon Organic Farmers - DEADLINE EXTENDED

The deadline for Oregon farmers and ranchers who are certified organic or transitioning into organic to apply for the NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) assistance has been extended until further notice.

Oregon’s Organic Farmers and Ranchers May Apply for EQIP Funding Until Further Notice

Oregon farmers and ranchers transitioning to organic production or already certified as organic, had until January 22, 2010 to apply for technical and financial assistance through USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), but the deadline has been EXTENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. It is still a good idea to get your application in, as we do not know how long the deadline has been extended for.

Organic producers can receive up to $20,000 per year or $80,000 over six years through this initiative.

Nationally, six core practices have been identified by NRCS that are likely to be needed by many growers associated with organic production systems.  Due to increased costs for conservation practices related to organic operations, NRCS is increasing the standard payment rate for these core practices. The core practices are: Conservation Crop Rotation; Cover Crop; Nutrient Management; Pest Management; Prescribed Grazing; and Forage Harvest Management.

In addition to the core practices, there are a number of additional practices that can qualify for funding through this initiative. A complete list of eligible practices, payment rates and other information about the 2009 EQIP Organic Initiative are available on the Oregon NRCS Web site at: http://www.or.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/eqip/fy10/organic.html.

The 2010 EQIP Organic Initiative 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. Applicants must either have an organic system plan that meets the NOP guidelines or certify that they are working toward one. (For more information go to www.ams.usda.gov/nop/).

Interested producers can determine their eligibility and submit an application at their nearest USDA Service Center, listed with federal agencies in the telephone book and posted online at: http://www.or.nrcs.usda.gov/contact/basindir.html

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