Organic Initiative Application Deadline is 5/29

lspAre you a farmer who's considering going organic? From Minnesota's Land Stewardship Project:

There is a new federal source of funding for landowners who want technical and financial support as they convert their farms to organic production or add certain practices to their already-certified operations. The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Organic Initiative has just been announced with a 3-week sign-up period that ends May 29, 2009. All applications must be turned in to your home county Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office by that date.

This is a national project, but LSP is offering some help to Minnesota farmers who want to convert their farms: nrcs1

Winona County's NRCS District Conservationist, Sue Glende, will field questions in a meeting at our office next Thursday, May 21, if there is enough interest. If you think this sounds useful and you can come (mid-day; time to be confirmed), please call our Lewiston office by Wednesday, May 20th at 4 p.m.: 507-523-3366.

Applications are due May 29, 2009. Forms, basic eligibility, Q&A, state NRCS contact information, resources, and more can be found at the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Educational Service (MOSES) website.