Wednesday, May 6, 2009

$50 million dollars to the EQUIP Program

Kathleen Merrigan, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, spoke at the NOSB Meeting this morning, announcing several new initiatives that affect the organic community. The Deputy Secretary, as well as Barbara Robinson, Acting NOP Director, both underscored the need for the National Organic Program to be a standalone Program within the USDA. Deputy Sectary Merrigan also noted that the position announcement of Director of the National Organic Program will soon be released.

The other announcement from the Deputy Secretary was in reference to the release of $50 million dollars to the EQUIP Program to address conversion to organic production, farms expanding their organic production, or existing organic farms who are implementing new
conservation practices.

URGENT: Please note there is only a three week sign up time frame for this program May 11 - May 29. The funding is already in the pipeline to the states.

Read more here.

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