USDA's Environmental Quality Incentives Program provides financial payments and technical support to producers for implementing conservation practices such as conservation buffers, cover crops, and pest management strategies.
By setting aside funding specifically for organic agriculture, this program helps organic farmers and ranchers meet requirements in the USDA organic regulations related to natural resources conservation and biodiversity.
New USDA-funded guides and planned intensive trainings on the following topics will help USDA staff, agricultural professionals, and interested producers better understand natural resource management on organic operations:
- Nutrient management budgeting
- Pest management techniques
- Cover crop selection and application
- Conservation buffer design and maintenance
Funded by a grant from the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, this project is the result of a partnership between:
- USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service
- Oregon Tilth's Organic Conservation Program
- The National Center for Appropriate Technology
- The Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides
- The Xerces Society
Interested in adapting these guides to your state/region or requesting a training? Contact Sarah Brown, Joint Organic Conversation Specialist, Oregon Tilth + USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Additionally, join a webinar on a variety of organic and sustainable agriculture topics!
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Hosted by USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service & Oregon Tilth