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 than $5000 organic products annually, and have related natural resource concern on the agricultural operation. The applicant must demonstrate control of eligible land in agricultural production. Eligible land includes cropland, rangeland, pastureland, and other farm or ranch lands.
The first application period ends on February 3, 2012. There are additional application periods ending March 30, 2012 and June 1, 2012, but the earlier you submit your application, the better are your chances of receiving funds.
To apply, visit your USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) local service center.
If you want to apply, consult the National Center for Appropriate Technology’s comprehensive info site for EQIP applicants, which has excellent instructions and includes links to all of the necessary documents for the program. See also