Funding Available for Conservation Organic Farming Practices

The $50 million EQIP program, (a huge victory of the Organic Farming and Research Foundation’s policy efforts), is providing financial and technical assistance to growers who implement innovative conservation practices through the 2012 EQIP Organic Initiative. Eligible applicants include persons or entities who are certified organic, transitioning to organic production, or those producers selling less […]

Apply for the Illinois Organic Cost Share Program by November 1

The Illinois Department of Agriculture has funds available for the 2010 – 2011 Illinois Organic Cost Share Program through funds from the United States Department of Agriculture. The program will provide cost share assistance to organic producers and handlers receiving certification or continuation of certification by a USDA accredited certifying agent commencing October 1, 2010 […]

Raising Organic Family Farms

Lundberg Family Farms® has launched a new initiative that will award up to $50,000 total in grants and scholarships. Raising Organic Family Farms will provide  grants and scholarships in 2011 for beginning or transitioning organic farmers – from college students interested in sustainable agriculture programs to beginning farmers in need of seed money. Beginning August […]

Resource Conservation Funding for Illinois Organic Producers available through May 20, 2011

llinois USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announces another funding opportunity for certified organic producers and those transitioning to organic production to implement resource conservation practices on their agricultural operations. While applications are accepted on a continuous basis, the cutoff date for this application period is set for May 20, 2011. Fiscal year 2011 marks […]

Driftwatch

Driftwatch™ is a tool to help protect pesticide-sensitive crops and habitats in Illinois.  Managers of ecologically sensitive areas including organic farms  should register! http://illinois.agriculture.purdue.edu/ This site and other resources that will help growers contend with spray drift will be discussed on the upcoming conference call (Tuesday at 4.00 pm).  Check the calendar for details.