NRCS Organic Initiative Applications Due March 21stFri, 07 Mar 2014 11:41:23 CST
USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Gary O'Neill 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 2014 are due at NRCS offices by the close of business on March 21, 2014. The NRCS office locator is available at: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/contact/local/ .
O'Neill said that "there is increasing interest on the part of consumers to purchase organically grown foods, leading to increased demand for organic products." As State Conservationist for Oklahoma, "we are pleased to be able to offer these programs to Oklahoma producers and we encourage producers to take advantage of them."
In Oklahoma, NRCS has allocated substantial funds to make 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.
Part of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), the Organic Initiative offers a wide array of conservation practices specifically designed for organic production. "Practices will help the selected applicants meet many requirements of their USDA Organic System Plans and stay in compliance with USDA's National Organic Program," O,Neill said.
More can be learned about the Organic Initiative at:
http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/national/programs/financial/eqip/?cid=nrcs143008224. Information about other NRCS Initiatives and programs can be obtained from a local NRCS office or at:
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