Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Apply for Organic Conversion EQIP Grant Now!

Are you a producer who is working toward going organic certification? Are you already a certified organic producer? Are interested in adopting additional conservation measures? If you can answer "yes" to any of these there is an opportunity for you to apply for $20,000 per year to assist with organic transition.

Time is short to apply for NRCS stimulus funds to help producers transition into organic production. Apply by May 29th for your part of the $1.3 million of the funds allotted to Florida.

Some of the priorities for the grant include:

Resource conserving crop rotations
Cover crops
Nutrient management
Pest management
Prescribed grazing
Forage harvest management

Contact your local NRCS office for more information on this opportunity. For Sumter County, please contact Kesha Martin at (352) 343-2481. Good luck and let me know if you are fortunate enough to get one of these!

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