Nearly $1 million up for grabs for Ohio organic farmers

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COLUMBUS — Ohio farmers transitioning to organic agriculture or currently certified organic farmers can receive assistance for meeting conservation goals through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.

Nearly $1 million has been set aside by the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Services in Ohio. Organic producers can receive as much as $20,000 per year or $80,000 over six years.

The organic initiative is designed to provide financial assistance in the form of payments of 75 percent of the average cost of a conservation practice or 90 percent of the average cost of the practice if the producer is in a traditionally underserved group.

For more information, visit www.oh.nrcs.usda.gov/programs. The deadline to apply for assistance is March 19.

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