and technical help available for organic agriculture
The organic program is a nationwide special initiative to provide financial
assistance to National Organic Program (NOP) certified organic producers, as
well as producers in the process of transitioning to organic production.
Eligible producers can apply for assistance to help offset the costs of adopting
practices to improve resource conservation on organic operations.
Completed applications must be submitted by June 1, 2012 to be considered for
the Fiscal Year 2012 organic initiative. If applications are submitted prior to
June 1, earlier ranking and funding approval for qualified applications is
available. Funding for the organic initiative
comes from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.
To participate in the program, growers work with NRCS to develop a conservation
plan that includes a detailed description of the conservation activities and
practices they want to implement on their land. Examples of conservation
practices that may benefit organic producers include:
Irrigation and water management: including such items as:
efficient irrigation upgrades, irrigation scheduling, and tailwater recovery
Grazing management: fencing, stockwater systems, and range and
Pest management: crop and pest monitoring activities, and planned
Erosion control: grade control structures, diversions, and water
and sediment control basins
Wildlife habitat enhancement:
stream buffers, fish screens, fish passage, and upland wildlife habitat
The conservation plan becomes the basis
for the program application. Those who have previously developed a conservation
plan with NRCS will already have the conservation planning step completed. Those
who have not previously participated in NRCS programs should schedule a meeting
to discuss the options and develop a conservation plan before moving forward.
All information provided to NRCS for conservation planning purposes is strictly
New opportunities with the 2011 organic program in
All natural resource concerns can be
addressed through this initiative, which could not be done in previous years.
Irrigation improvements may be included if a primary resource concern is
addressed. Primary resource concerns include the following for the organic
Fish and Wildlife
In addition to water quantity, air
quality and energy conservation improvements can also be funded if a primary
resource concern is included.
Conservation Activity Plans are another option being offered this year through
the organic program to producers who want technical assistance on a specific
resource concern. Through a CAP, NRCS funds are used to pay a portion of the
cost for a private technical service provider to develop plans outlining
conservation treatment alternatives.
NRCS has 24 field offices in Arizona.
Find the NRCS field office
nearest you or call Dennis Kimberlin, NRCS Farmbill Programs Specialist, at 602-280-8800 for more information.
NRCS EQIP Technical and Financial
Support for Conservation on Organic Farms Webinar
Certified organic producers and those transitioning to organic
production are encouraged to apply for conservation funding from the
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Applications must be
submitted by June 1, 2012 to be considered for 2012 funding through the NRCS organic initiative.