May 6, 2015
Frank Egan is a highly respected member of Steve Solomon's Yahoo Soil Health Group and he recently became USDA certified organic and posted this article Grant money equips organic farmer :
... Then, at a meeting of the Arkansas Association of Grape Growers last November, Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture Butch Calhoun was giving a presentation on the state of agriculture in Arkansas. After his presentation, Egan approached Calhoun and asked how to improve the chances of getting a grant.
“He said ‘give me your card and I’ll get back to you,’” Egan said. “He wrote the top seven folks in the NRCS in Little Rock and shortly thereafter, John Lee, the head NRCS agronomist for Arkansas, drove up for a visit. In a nutshell, Lee said to forget direct granting from the NRSC. You need to have your farm Certified USDA Organic and here is why – last year the NRCS received $250,000 to administer grants in a special program exclusively to organic farmers. At the end of the year, they had to send half the money back to D.C. because there were not enough applicants for the program.”
In April 2015, Egan’s farm was inspected for USDA Organic Certification. He applied for six grants and all were approved. The cost of the well, pump and 600 feet of underground irrigation totaled $17,647. In addition, the farm qualified for a $4,200 grant to have a Ph.D. agronomist travel from Kansas City, Mo., do a 50-page survey and recommendation for the farm. For 2016 through 2018, the farm received a grant of $3,786 to file two annual reports, one for nutrient management,one for integrated pest management. ...
There is an NRCS office in Kingman:
I think our place is too small to be considered a farm, but I'll check this out.
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