South Dakota has received over $1.1 million in funding to encourage more organic production.
Sign up for the program through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program began this week and will continue through May.
"This is a great opportunity for current organic producers, but especially for people who have been thinking about transitioning to organic production," said NRCS State Conservationist Janet Oertly, Huron, in a statement released by her office.
Under the program, some minimum conservation practices will be required such as conservation crop rotation, cover crop, nutrient management, pest management, prescribed grazing, and forage harvest management. Contact their nearest USDA Service Center to determine eligibility. "While there, the local NRCS staff also has science-based resources and networking contacts to help producers at any point in their conservation efforts." Additional information on the 2009 EQIP Organic Initiative is available at: www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/eqip.