Missourians who produce and sell organic products with annual sales of less than $5,000 may be eligible for federal financial and technical assistance even if their operations are not certified organic. But they must apply by May 20. J.R. Flores, state conservationist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), says this is a good time for small-scale, certification-exempt organic producers, as well certified and transitional producers, to take advantage of a program that pays up to $80,000 over six years to help them plan and implement conservation practices for their organic farms or gardens. Flores says funding’s available through NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). To apply for, or get more information on EQIP and other NRCS programs, contact the NRCS office serving your county, go to http://offices.usda.gov.