Recently, the agriculture secretary for Pennsylvania noted that grants are being made available to help those using farm equipment convert their operations to organic production.
Russell Redding said the grants will be made through the Path to Organic program. Through it, farmers could be eligible for up to $7,500 in a single year or $30,000 in a four-year period, which will help farmers make the transition while still attempting to be profitable. So far, 13 farmers in the state have already been picked to receive funds.
The grant program is part of the Center for Farm Transitions, which works to assist farmers who are considering making the switch.
"Consumer demand for organic products has grown, and some producers are beginning the long and expensive process of transitioning their production practices and marketing strategies to meet this increased demand," Redding said.
In order for products to be officially organic, they must be certified by the National Organic Program, which is a part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service. Along with setting national standards, the NOP puts forward requirements for the labeling and inspection for organic products.