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Cost share reimbursement through ODA still available for Oregon’s certified organic growers

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is once again offering reimbursement for some of the costs to become organically certified by a U.S. Department of Agriculture accredited certifier. Oregon growers, processors, and handlers who are certified organic by USDA accredited certifiers are eligible to receive 75 percent of their certification fees reimbursed, up to a maximum of $750 per annual certification period.

August 23, 2012…The Oregon Department of Agriculture is once again offering reimbursement for some of the costs to become organically certified by a U.S. Department of Agriculture accredited certifier. Oregon growers, processors, and handlers who are certified organic by USDA accredited certifiers are eligible to receive 75 percent of their certification fees reimbursed, up to a maximum of $750 per annual certification period.

This reimbursement is also available to Oregon growers, processors, and handlers renewing their certification. Applications must be received no later than October 31, 2012.

Authorized by the Farm Bill, the program is designed to assist growers, processors, and  handlers of agricultural products in obtaining certification under the national organic guidelines. ODA has been awarded about $275,000 in reimbursement funds, which will be available on a first come, first serve basis until all funds have been distributed. Last year, ODA disbursed all available funds. Eligible growers, processors, and handlers are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to be assured of receiving funds and avoid missing the deadline.

An estimated 600 certified organic growers, processors, and handlers in Oregon are potentially eligible for partial reimbursement.

Information and updated application forms are available online at <http://oregon.gov/ODA/ADMD/organic_costshare.shtml>.

For more information, contact ODA’s Marketing Program in Portland at (503) 872-6600.

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