Opportunity to Participate in CFSA / NRCS Organic Initiative
If you are interested in your farm becoming certified organic, you can actually get paid to have someone develop a conservation activity plan for your farm with the added bonus that it also makes you eligible to receive cost share funding from NRCS under their organic initiative! What’s not to like? Read below for details.
Chatham County Cooperative Extension will host an informational meeting to answer any and all questions about this project on Monday, April 1st at 7:00 p.m. at the Ag Building Auditorium in Pittsboro (65 East Chatham St. Pittsboro, NC 27312).
CFSA has a great new service that you might want to take advantage of. A CFSA staffer, Keith Baldwin, is now certified by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) as a Technical Service Provider (TSP). Keith will be assisting interested growers with the development of a Conservation Activity Plan Supporting Organic Transition (CAP 138) for their farm. CAPs are funded through the NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Organic Initiative.
Conservation Activity Plans identify conservation practices that will enhance natural resources on the farm such as soil health, water quality, plant health and productivity, animal well-being, and habitat (beneficial, pollinator and wildlife).
At the same time these plans identify conservation practices that are the basis for the “organic farm plan” required for organic certification such as buffers, rotations, field borders, nutrient management, composting, cover cropping, pest management, etc.
Transitioning and certified organic growers can request cost share assistance for installing recommended conservation practices on their farms through the NRCS Organic Initiative Program.
NRCS will pay $1,568 to CFSA for the preparation of a plan ($1,888 for beginning or underserved producers). CFSA will share that payment with the participating grower. CFSA’s share is $700 for simple crop plans and somewhat more for diversified operations. Needless to say, this is a good deal for producers who are in transitioning to organic. The time commitment, which includes the application process and a farm visit by the CFSA staffer, is minimal. The CFSA website outlines the process for applying for the EQIP Organic Initiative Cost Share Program.
If you are interested in participating in this new CFSA Farm Service and are “transitioning to organic”, contact Keith Baldwin at 919-302-3871.
Chatham County Cooperative Extension will host an informational meeting to answer any and all questions about this project on Monday, April 1st at 7:00 p.m. at the Ag Building Auditorium in Pittsboro (65 East Chatham St. Pittsboro, NC 27312). For more information about the informational meeting, contact Chatham County Cooperative Extension at 919-542-8202.