Maine receives $480,000 to encourage organic agriculture

Organic radishes at the Waterville Famers Market. Photo by Ramona du Houx


 

By Ramona du Houx -  December 1st, 2009 

Funding for 2010 is being made available as part of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. This is the second year for this initiative. About $429,000 was obligated statewide through this initiative in 2009.

Successful applicants will receive funding to implement five priority conservation practices; crop rotation, cover crops, nutrient management, pest management and mulching.

Applications received from organic producers or producers in transition to organic farming will be accepted until Jan. 22, 2010.

Any certified organic producer must submit an Organic System Plan with their application along with proof of farm ownership.

Farmers transitioning to organic must provide proof of farm ownership and a written statement of intent to develop an Organic System Plan and implement conservation practices.

Additional information on the 2010 Environmental Quality Incentives Program is available at www.me.nrcs.usda.gov.