Organic Producers Eligible for Conservation Funds

USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced via press release funding is available through the USDA to help organic producers transition to incorporate conservation practices on their land.
“Increasing consumer demand for organically grown foods is providing new opportunities for small and mid-size farmers to prosper and stay competitive in today’s economy,” Merrigan said. “The 2008 Farm Bill calls for this assistance, and we want to help these farmers protect the natural resources on their land and create conditions that help foster organic production.”
2011 is the third year of the USDA’s Organic Initiative and up to $50 million is available for organic producers for such costs as plant cover crops or pest management plans. Eligible producers must be certified through the USDA’s National Organic Program and have a gross income of less than $5,000.
The funding is available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. For more information on other types of agricultural finance or farm loans contact Farm Plus Financial at 866-929-5585 or by visiting .
Written by: Melissa Warner, Farm Plus Staff Writer