NY Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP): Organic Initiative

USDA: Natural Resources Conservation Service of New York

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Working Professional Indigenous Group For-Profit Business College / University Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: New York

Location of residency: New York

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The Organic Initiative is available in all 50 states for farmers who are certified organic, transitioning to certified organic, or organic exempt according to USDA’s National Organic Program regulations. The Organic Initiative is a subset of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to eligible persons who are willing to use conservation practices to protect and conserve our natural resources.

Conservation practices will be offered that address resource concerns consistent with the Organic System Plan. Eligible practices include but are not limited to Cover Crop, Diversion, Nutrient Management, Pest Management, and Prescribed Grazing. In addition, NRCS offers Conservation Activity Plans that support conservation planning for organic agriculture.

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  • Participation in the Organic Initiative is open to persons who are certified organic or are transitioning to organic.
  • In order to be eligible, those who are transitioning to organic certification must use conservation practices for certified organic production that are consistent with an Organic System Plan (OSP), and provide the name and contact information of the USDA accredited organic certifier they are working with.
  • Those who are already certified organic must submit a copy of their Organic System Plan to NRCS along with the name and contact information of their organic certifier, and use conservation practices that are consistent with their Organic System Plan.
  • Exempt operations (operations that are exempt from organic certification because they have gross agricultural income from organic sales less than $5000) must self-certify that they agree to develop and implement an OSP and provide documentation to show they sell less than $5000 in organic products in order to be eligible for the Organic Initiative component of EQIP.
  • Learn more information on the criteria required to become an eligible EQIP applicant.