FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Funding For Organic Producers

NRCS programs such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program Organic Initiative, the Conservation Stewardship Program, and Agricultural Management Assistance Program provide technical and financial assistance for producers to assist in implementing conservation practices, some of which can help meet organic certification requirements.

  • The Risk Management Agency (RMA) offers Organic Federal Crop Insurance for all crops grown under the organic farming practice, provided they meet standard terms and conditions. RMA publishes separate organic prices for corn, cotton, processing tomatoes, soybeans and avocados, but for all other crops, the prices are the same as those grown using conventional means. 
  • USDA’s Market News (AMS) reports organic prices and movements at shipping points, wholesale terminals, and retail outlets for organic fruits & vegetables, dairy, grain & feedstuffs, and poultry & eggs. 
  • The NOP’s Organic Cost Share Program can help reimburse eligible producers and handlers for up to 75% of the cost of organic certification (up to $750) per type.

 

Funding For Organic Education and Research

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) supports the following competitive grants:

  • Sustainable Agricultural Research and Education (SARE) grants are managed by regional councils to encourage site-specific experimentation that pushes the boundaries of current thinking. Many have focused primarily on organic production or marketing in the past. Unlike other NIFA grants, producers are among those eligible. 

 

Funding For Organic Marketing and Infrastructure:

Visit a nearby USDA Rural Development (RD) office for information on grants and loans such as:

  • Business & Industry Guaranteed Loans to improve, develop, or finance business, industry, and employment, and improve the economic and environmental climate in rural communities. This purpose is achieved by bolstering the existing private credit structure through the guarantee of quality loans.

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) offers:

  • Farmers Market Promotion Grants to organizations to improve and expand farmers’ markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs, agri-tourism activities, and other producer-to-consumer market options.
  • Specialty Crop Block Grants to State Departments of Agriculture, who then grant funds to others to enhance the competitiveness of fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops in their state.

USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) helps U.S. producers (including organic), exporters, private companies, and other trade organizations finance promotional activities for U.S. agricultural products through the Market Access Program.