Missouri NRCS Sets March 1 Application Cutoff for Organic Transition Initiative for FY 2024 Funding

February 02, 2024

Columbia, MO, – The Missouri Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for the Organic Transition Initiative (OTI) funding. Applications received through March 1, 2024, will be considered for funding in fiscal year (FY) 2024.

Funding for OTI supports conservation practices required for organic certification. The initiative will help build new and better markets and income streams, strengthen local and regional food systems and increase affordable food supply for more Americans, while promoting climate-smart agriculture and ensuring equity for all producers.

“NRCS can help producers develop a conservation plan that meets their goals and can often help with financial assistance to implement elements of the conservation plan,” said Acting Assistant State Conservationist for Programs Susan Mammen. “The organic transition period can be challenging for producers, and NRCS is here to help.”

NRCS will assist producers with the organic management standard, which launched in 2023, under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Missouri will administer its allocated funds through financial and technical assistance to producers to address natural resource concerns. Higher payment rates and other options are available for Historically Underserved producers, including socially disadvantaged, beginning, veteran and limited resource farmers and ranchers.

While applications are accepted year-round, applications submitted by March 1 will be considered for the next available funding. Applications received after March 1 will be considered during the next funding cycle.

For more information about NRCS programs and assistance, visit www.mo.nrcs.usda.gov or contact the NRCS service office serving your county. NRCS employees in county offices can provide more information about how to apply for benefits offered by NRCS.