Applications due for organic conservation practices funds in Iowa
DES MOINES — Financial assistance for implementing conservation practices through USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service remains available for Iowa organic farmers or those transitioning to organic agriculture.
The next cutoff deadline for available funding is March 17.
USDA’s Organic Initiative provides financial assistance to implement a broad set of conservation practices to assist organic producers in addressing resource concerns. Practices could include planning and installing pollinator habitat, improving soil health and organic matter while minimizing erosion, developing a grazing plan and supportive livestock practices, and enhancing cropping rotations and nutrient management.
Applicants must demonstrate control of eligible land in agricultural production. Eligible land includes cropland, rangeland, pastureland, and other types of farmlands.
Certified Organic Producers will need to provide NRCS with a copy of their USDA National Organic Program Organic Certificate or proof of good standing from a USDA-accredited certifying agent. Certification must be maintained for the life of the contract.
Organic Transitioning Producers will need to self-certify that they agree to develop and work toward implementing an Organic System Plan.
For more information or to sign up, contact the NRCS office located at the local USDA Service Center.
More information about the Organic Initiative is available online at http://bit.ly/OrganicInitiative.