FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 13, 2011
For More Information Contact:
Paige Buck, State Public Affairs Specialist, (217) 353.6606
USDA NRCS Organic Funding Still Available for Illinois Organic Producers
Apply by May 20, 2011 for consideration under this application period
Champaign, IL— Illinois State Conservationist for USDA's Natural
Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Bill Gradle today announced 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 the third year of USDA's Organic Initiative and in
Illinois, nearly $1 Million is available to help producers plan and install
conservation practices that address natural resource concerns in ways that are
consistent with organic production. For example, conservation practices might
include planting cover crops, establishing integrated pest management plans,
constructing seasonal high tunnels, or implementing nutrient management systems
consistent with organic certification standards.
Eligible producers include those certified through USDA's National Organic
Program, those transitioning to certified organic production, and those who meet
organic standards but are exempt from certification because their gross annual
organic sales are less than $5,000.
Organic Initiative funding is provided through NRCS' Environmental Quality
Incentives Program (EQIP). Beginning, limited resource, and socially
disadvantaged producers may obtain additional assistance.
Producers interested in applying for EQIP Organic Initiative funding must submit
applications through their local NRCS Service Center, which can be located
http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app?agency=nrcs. Additional information
about other conservation solutions and program options is available online at
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