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Published February 10, 2010, 12:00 AM

Funding available for North Dakota organic producers

The Natural Resources Conservation Service has $1.2 million available in North Dakota for producers who are certified organic or want to transition to organic production.

By: Forum staff reports, INFORUM

The Natural Resources Conservation Service has $1.2 million available in North Dakota for producers who are certified organic or want to transition to organic production. Applications will be accepted until March 12.

A new pilot project is also available this year to organic producers. Seasonal high tunnels – also known as hoop houses – are part of a three-year, 38-state study to verify if high tunnels are effective in improving plant quality, keeping vital nutrients in the soil, extending the growing season, increasing yields and providing other benefits to growers.

Participants will be asked to provide annual reports on the benefits provided by the conservation practices implemented.

For more information about the program, contact the area NRCS field office in Bismarck at (701) 530-2072 or visit www.nd.nrcs.usda.gov.

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