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The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) assistance from USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) helps producers plan and implement conservation practices to support the environmental sustainability of their organic operations. Some highlights of the organic provisions in the 2014 Farm Bill and requirements for participation in the program include:
• Financial and technical assistance to implement conservation practices and planning to address resource concerns associated with organic operations.
• Financial assistance is limited to totals of a maximum of $20,000 per fiscal year AND no more than $80,000 over a rolling six year Farm Bill for ALL contracts approved through this authority.
• Producers must meet all the other eligibility requirements associated with EQIP.
• Participants who are not certified or exempt from certification agree to develop and work towards implementing an Organic System Plan (OSP) to meet NOP organic certification through USDA.
Organic producers and producers transitioning to organic can receive conservation technical assistance and apply for all NRCS programs.