NRCS Announces $75 Million to Assist Producers Transitioning to Organic as Part of USDA’s Organic Transition Initiative 

There is a lot of money moving into organic and organic transition now that has not been there before. First, we are in the process of beginning the Transition to Organic Partnership Program or what I call Texas TOPP. We are announcing the hiring of a Texas TOPP Program Coordinator and we are about to roll out an Organic Mentor program to help those who want to transition to organic certification. Second, NRCS is announcing the assistance program for transitioning organic farmers. You can read more about that here and be sure to click on some of the links in the website to learn even more! ($75 Million Organic Assistance Program) Third, there is the TOGA program which provides crop insurance assistance for Transitioning to Organic farmers. (TOGA Program Highlights) Fourth, there is and will be assistance to help with your organic certification costs coming later. I am not an expert in these programs but I do know people who are, call if I can help!

Author: Bob Whitney, Regents Fellow & Extension Organic Specialist

Agriculturalist, extension educator and researcher, organic agriculture enthusiast and promoter, international program developer, Christian, husband, father and friend.

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