To help Texas producers get the most of the 2008 Farm Bill’s benefits for organic growers, the Texas AgriLife Extension Service is holding a workshop Sept. 24 in Weslaco.

Texas AgriLife Extension to hold organic producer clinic

Growers could qualify for as much as $400 per acre for up to three years under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, said Barbara Storz, a Hidalgo County extension agent.

Storz said speakers will cover the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, how Texas Certified organic producers fit in the program, organic pest and disease management, cover crop efficacy in south Texas and budgeting for environmental practices.

The program is for all sizes of commercial operations and all types of crops, including fruits and vegetables.

“As long as the commercial producer is certified (organic) or will be certified within the next year, they do not care about the size of the farm,” Storz said.  

The clinic is co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and runs from 7:30 a.m. to noon at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Weslaco. It is free of charge.

For more information contact Storz at (956) 383-1026 or by E-mail