Tuesday, May 19, 2009

$1.5 Million available for MO Organic Transition

Reminder that the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has $1.5 million to assist Missouri farmers produce organic products. Missouri landowners have until May 29th to apply for the funds available through NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). The funds are intended to provide financial assistance to National Organic Program (NOP) certified organic producers as well as producers in the process of transitioning to organic production.

For those producers in their transition to organic production they will need to develop a “Transition Plan. The attached file describes the process and the scope of this financial assistance. NRCS technical point of contact is Paul Duffner, Resource Conservationist. He can be reached at (573) 876-0908. His email is: paul.duffner@mo.usda.gov. Information about the financial incentives offered through EQIP can be directed to Darlene Johnson, Resource Conservationist, by calling (573) 876-0914. Her email address is: darlene.johnson@mo.usda.gov

Conservation Plan Supporting Organic Transition Criteria
(acres and/or animal units)

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