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NOP Organic Cost Share Program

The Organic Certification Cost Share Programs reimburse eligible producers and handlers for a portion of the costs of organic certification.

The Organic Certification Cost Share Programs reimburse eligible producers and handlers for a portion of the costs of organic certification.

Producers and handlers who have received certification or a renewal of certification from an accredited certifying agent (ACA) are eligible to participate. The program is not competitive. To view a list of ACAs in your state, see http://www.ams.usda.gov/NOPACAs.

State agencies (typically Departments of Agriculture) work with the USDA to administer the program. After entering into a cooperative agreement, the state agencies process applications for cost share funds, and the USDA reimburses them. Applicants typically submit a one-page application form, along with proof of certification and an itemized invoice, to their State’s department of agriculture. After the State agency reviews the application, they may reimburse the applicant for 75% of the cost of certification, up to a maximum of $750 per year. The program is administered on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted.

To find contact information for your state, see http://www.ams.usda.gov/NOPCostShareProgramParticipants.

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