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Certification Cost Share Program

The National Organic Certification Cost Share Program is now open for applications. The cost share program helps farmers and processors afford the expense of organic certification by refunding up to 75% of their certification costs per scope of operation, with a maximum of $750 per scope. Don't miss the opportunity to see how cost share can help you!

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The National Organic Certification Cost Share Program is now open for applications. This program helps farmers and processors afford the expense of organic certification by refunding up to 75% of their certification costs per scope of operation, with a maximum of $750 per scope.

In 2013, only $1.425 million in cost-share funds were available to farmers in 16 states. The new farm bill passed in February 2014 reinstates the program to farmers and handlers in all 50 states for a total of almost $13 million per year.

Organic operations may receive one reimbursement per certificate or scope of certification per year. The NOP currently recognizes four scopes of certification: crops, wild crops, livestock, and processing/handling. This means that clients with more than one certification scope may be eligible for more than one refund. 

Eligible operations will be reimbursed up to 75% of their organic certification costs, not to exceed $750, for each NOP scope of organic certification. Any operation that is located within the United States and received organic certification between October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014 may apply for reimbursement.

All certified organic entities in the United States are eligible to apply for a refund of 75% of their certification costs, including inspection fees.

Why is Cost Share Important?

Historically, farm bill funding has not been as generous to organic producers as it has for conventional. Cost share is one of the few programs offered specifically to support organic producers.  We encourage all organic farmers, livestock operations, and handlers to take advantage of these funds. If the organic industry can utilize all funds offered through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program, it will succeed in demonstrating a need for this funding. If the total allocation of funds is not used by the end of the program, cost share appropriations will likely be reduced during the next round of farm bill negotiations. Whether your operation needs the funds or not, applying helps ensure future funding and program availability for small businesses trying to succeed in the organic marketplace.

How to Get Reimbursed

For information on how to apply for cost-share reimbursement, contact Chelsea Wilson or find your state‚Äôs cost-share contact to ask about application procedures and deadlines in your state. 

assemble the following supporting documentation:
  • Proof of USDA Organic Certification
  • Itemized invoice showing expenses paid for certification, including inspection fees
  • W-9 tax form
  •  Anything else required by your State Agency

Learn more about the Certification Cost Share Program by reading the Frequently Asked Questions.

 

 

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