Jaimie McGirt is RAFI's Agricultural Conservation and Market Access Manager. She works at the crossroads of conservation and market access, providing one-on-one technical assistance to farmers in the Southeast U.S. She assists farmers with identifying business and land stewardship priorities, creating action plans, and identifying other resources, partnerships, and referrals that help them advance their market and farm conservation goals. Originally from southeastern, NC, Jaimie holds a B.S. in Sustainable Development from Appalachian State University. She has a decade of grassroots community and “grasstops” statewide work experience in bolstering rural food economies in economically distressed and ecologically sensitive regions.
USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) can provide substantial conservation support, most notably EQIP or CSP cost-share assistance, for a multitude of enhancements or “practices” on cropland, pasture, rangeland, forests, small water bodies on farms, and other farm adjacent land. The majority of Southeast states and territories have deadlines before December 2023, so the time to apply is NOW!