Dear Farmers and members of the Organic Farming and research Coalition,
Please take a moment and give them your 2 cents worth. The farm bill is written to provide services to organic farmers, this is your chance to help make that really happen.
NRCS is working with farmers and educational groups (such as OFRF and MSU) to create useful application to their funds for organic farmers.
Some of the opportunities offered by the 2008 FARM Bill include:
Organic cost-share certification (up to $750 of annual certification fee)
National AG services to include data on organic production: crops, fruit vegetables and animals in the ag census.
NRCS conservation practices are to include specialty crops (fruit and vegs) and organic crops
Crop insurance is to be evaluated for feasibility of organic farmers paying the surcharge as organic crops
NRCS is including organic farms for payment of good conservation stewardship in the Conservation stewardship Program
This survey is seeking your input on the EQIP (Environmental Quality Incentives Program) program. NRCS is seeks your input to help them to identify appropriate and fair criteria for organic farmers to be paid for conservation practices on farm land through the conservation programs including EQIP. If you have applied in the past or started to apply for any of these funds and have ideas how to make the programs more appropriate to organic farmers this is a good place for your input.
DEADLINE for your input is Nov 10th!!!
Click here to take the survey and share your ideas.
303 Natural Resources Bldg
C.S. Mott Group
Dept of CARRS
East Lansing, MI 48824
www.MichiganOrganic.msu.edu for information on organic and sustaianable farming and news & events
The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) is seeking the input of
conventional and organic farmers to help improve the 2010 Organic Initiative
- a program administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Offered first in 2009 as part of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program
(EQIP), the program provided $50 million for financial and technical
assistance to agricultural producers wanting to improve their organic
operations or transition land to organic production.