At the Organic Opportunity showing Susan Clark mentioned at a small part of the Farm Bill was going to farmers transitioning to organic production, and we just had to check it out. Here’s what we found:
The USDA, through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), is ponying up 50 million in incentives for farmers transitioning to organic, sustainable practices. Yesterday was the first day that applications were accepted and the application period is short only running until May 29, 2009! If you know of anyone who would benefit let them know that the deadline is short!
According to the Organic Farming Research Foundation the applicatants will be asked to follow a set of six “core practices.” These “core practices include: conservation crop rotation; cover cropping; nutrient management; pest management; prescribed grazing; and forage harvest management.” These sound like a pretty good start.
Ah, baby steps…