USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced that the agency will commit $50 million to organic agriculture. This action is to begin it fulfill part of the Obama administration's promise to encourage more organic agriculture production.

The funding will come from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, already in place. 

The 2009 Organic Initiative is a nationwide effort to provide financial assistance to National Organic Program-certified organic producers as well as to producers are transitioning over to organic production. Organic producers may also apply for assistance under general EQIP.

Applications received from organic producers or producers making that transition will be accepted under this initiative between May 11 and May 29.

"Assisting organic producers is a priority of the 2008 Farm Bill as well as for Secretary Vilsack and the Obama administration," said Merrigan. "The objective of this initiative is to make organic food producers eligible to compete for EQIP financial assistance."

Source: USDA, Meatingplace.com