Growers have a few more weeks to apply for a piece of the $50 million Organic Initiative funding to help growers who want to transition to organic.

The deadline for applications was moved from May 29 to June 12. Applications received after that date will be considered in the next review period.

It is up to each individual state to decide whether to use the extended deadline, said Terry Bish, spokesperson for the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the group that administers the initiative.

Kathleen Merrigan, deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, announced the funding May 5 as an incentive to encourage organic agriculture production. The funding is part of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. The USDA oversees the National Organic Program.

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