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  • Dairy farm in Chippewa Co: 300 acres of cropland, 400 acres of woods, 400 cows and he’s thinking of expanding to 600
  • Richard de Wilde, Harmony Valley, organic vegetable farm
  • Randy Schmidt owns a CAFO and farms 6000 acres in Door County
  • Traditionally organic farmers had to compete with everybody else for EQIP funds
  • Share brochure information Explain CSA model Talk briefly of the transition to agro-forestry
  • Just for producers or groups of producers (including co-ops) Mid-tier value chain, read: transparent regional supply network – made to strengthen the profitability and competitiveness of small and mid-scale farmers

Putting New 2008 Farm Bill Programs to Work for Producers Putting New 2008 Farm Bill Programs to Work for Producers Presentation Transcript

  • Putting New Farm Bill Programs to Work for Producers Bridget Holcomb Associate Policy Director Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
  • Outline
    • Conservation Stewardship Program
    • Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Organic Initiative
    • Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
    • Value Added Producer Grants
    • Other resources
  • Conservation Stewardship Program “ You’re saving your soil, you’re costs are cheaper, and you’re going to make more money in the end. You’re a fool not to be in this program.” Bob Bernier
  • Conservation Stewardship Program
    • For farmers and private forest land owners
    • Rewarded for existing conservation practices and new practices
    • 5 year contract with NRCS
    • Payments
      • cropland or pastureland: $10 to $40 per acre
      • forest land: $2 to $24 per acre
      • capped at $40,000 per year
    • Long application!
  • Conservation Stewardship Program
    • Previous On-Farm Conservation Practices:
    • Same-day incorporation of applied manure and compost
    • Cover crops
    • Shrub rows for beneficial insect habitat
    • Waste oil recycling
    • Conservation Improvements through CSP:
    • Pasture diversity
    • Habitat for beneficial insects and wildlife
    “ We try to continually take on little conservation projects, and CSP gives us that extra push to get us going.” Richard de Wilde
  • Conservation Stewardship Program Photo by Agri-View “ It’s about protecting the environment for the next generation. My dad did that for me, and I want to do that for my kids. Establishing good conservation is the right thing to do.” Randy Schmidt
    • Previous On-Farm Conservation Practices:
    • Minimum-till and no-till
    • Minimum residue application
    • Gypsum soil amendment to reduce runoff
    • Conservation Improvements through CSP:
    • Crop tissue sampling for nitrogen
    • Variable rate technology for planting and nutrient management
  • Conservation Stewardship Program
    • Resources:
    • http://www.wi.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/csp/cstp.html
    • Local NRCS office
  • EQIP Organic Initiative
    • EQIP now has an organic provision
    • Both existing organic farmers and those transitioning to organic
    • Cost share for organic conservation practices
      • 75% cost share
      • 90% for socially disadvantaged farmers and beginning farmers
    • $20,000/yr cap, total cap of $80,000 over six years
    • For more information:
      • Pat Murphy, 608-662-4422 x 258 pat.murphy@wi.usda.gov
      • Matt Otto 608-662-4422 x245 matt.otto@wi.usda.gov
  • Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
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  • Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
    • For more information:
      • www.sare.org
      • Diane Mayerfeld, 608.262.8188 [email_address]
  • Value Added Producer Grants Sassy Cow Creamery: working capital for a small, start-up organic and conventional milk processor and bottler project
  • Value Added Producer Grants Deirdre Birmingham : feasibility study leading to the development of the business, operations, and marketing plans necessary to successfully produce and market hard apple cider in the Southern Wisconsin region.
  • Value Added Producer Grants Agrecol: working capital to add value to native seeds by processing them into branded mixtures.
  • Value Added Producer Grants
    • What is a value added product?
      • Changed in physical state
      • Organic crops
      • Grass-fed livestock
      • Locally produced and marketed foods
      • Mid-tier value chains
    • Up to $100,000 for business plans and feasibility studies
    • Up to $300,000 for working capital
    • Long application!
  • …and one Wisconsin Program
    • Buy Local Buy Wisconsin Program
    • Grants up to $50,000 to connect Wisconsin producers with Wisconsin consumers
    • Wisconsin Local Food Marketing Guide: a step by step guide for local food producers interested in entering local food markets
    • datcp.state.wi.us/mktg/business/marketing/val-add/directmktg/blbw.jsp ; [email_address] or call Teresa Engel at 608-224-5101
  • Resources
    • Agricultural Innovation Center
    • fyi.uwex.edu/aic /
    • Building Sustainable Places guide attra.ncat.org /guide/
    • Grassroots Guide to the Farm Bill http:// sustainableagriculture.net/publications/grassrootsguide /
    • Bridget Holcomb
    • Associate Policy Director
    • Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
    • 608-256-1859
    • [email_address]