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Sign-ups for initiative are now extended

Thursday, May 28, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS -- State Conservationist Jane Hardisty of the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced Tuesday sign-ups for the new Organic Initiative has been extended in Indiana.

The new Organic Initiative, funded through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), was introduced earlier this month.

Organic producers and producers in transition to organic farming were to submit applications to the NRCS by May 29, 2009.

"Because of delays that producers are experiencing in getting into their fields due to the heavy rains, Indiana NRCS is waiving the deadline for Organic Initiative applications," Hardisty said. "In an effort to give producers time to respond, we are implementing a continuous sign-up for this initiative."

Hardisty encouraged organic producers to come in and take advantage of the special funding for organic producers as soon as possible.

"While we accept EQIP applications from organic producers at any time, it is important for producers to know that there are certain dates when applications get ranked and funded throughout the year," she said. "After Aug. 15, 2009, the dollars that Indiana has not spent on the Organic Initiative may go to other states."

The 2009 Organic Initiative will be administered by NRCS. Interested producers should contact their NRCS district conservationist at a USDA Service Center to determine eligibility. Visit http://www.in.nrcs.usda.gov/contact/dire... to find the nearest USDA Service Center.

Additional information on the 2009 EQIP Organic Initiative is available at www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/eqip.

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