Organic Initiative funding to be subject of Thursday meeting


PENDLETON -- The Organic Environmental Quality Incentives Program that provides financial incentives for landowners to implement conservation practices on their land will be showcased in a meeting Thursday.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service is sponsoring the informational meeting at 2 p.m. at Blue Mountain Community College, Room ST200.

The Organic Initiative, which is a national program now in its third year, sets aside EQIP funding specifically for either "certified organic" or "transitioning to organic" producers.

At the meeting Conservation Service staff will explain the goals of the initiative, the point system used to rank applications, the EQIP practices that meet the program goals, what makes an application score higher in the ranking and other details of the Organic Initiate and EQIP in general.

The deadline for the current period is March 4. For more information go to


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