Grant Programs Help Ease Transition to Organic


North Dakota and Minnesota are providing grants to help ease the financial burden on farmers transitioning from conventional to organic farming. Hopefully, this will serve as a model to help other states create programs.

Minnesota started its grant program first, in 2013, and North Dakota followed suit this year. Both programs assist with the transition costs—everything from soil testing to education. Minnesota farmers can get up to $750 annually and North Dakota farmers up to $1,000.

"It really is a challenge to find and communicate with farmers while they're in transition. A lot of them do it quietly," said Meg Moynihan, administrator of Minnesota's program and OFRF board chair. "That is beginning to change. We're hearing from more and more farmers."