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Organic Certification Cost Share for Farmers in 16 States

Organic crop and livestock producers in 16 states can be reimbursed as much as 75 percent of their certification costs from October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2013, up to a maximum of $750. This program is not competitive; $1.425 million are available for farmers and ranchers in the States listed above.

Are You a Certified Organic Farmer or Rancher in One of These States?

Connecticut
Delaware
Hawaii
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
  Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
Pennsylvania
  Rhode Island
Utah
Vermont
West Virginia
Wyoming

 

If so, you are eligible to receive a 2013 organic certification cost share reimbursement!

Amount of Reimbursement

Organic crop and livestock producers in the states listed above can be reimbursed as much as 75 percent of their certification costs from October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2013, up to a maximum of $750. This program is not competitive; $1.425 million are available for farmers and ranchers in the States listed above.

How to Get Reimbursed

1. Contact your State’s department of agriculture (or its equivalent) for an application
To find State contacts and other information (including applications for some States) online, visit
www.ams.usda.gov/NOPCostShareProgramParticipants. If you don’t have access to the internet, then you can either call your certifying agent or your State department of agriculture to get an application.

2. Assemble your supporting documentation
You will need to show proof of your certification and the expenses you have already paid. Save your invoices, statements, and receipts – they may be required as proof of payment. The following documents are typically requested by State departments of agriculture, but make sure to review your State’s requirements carefully.

  • Proof of USDA organic certification (a copy of your certificate)
  • Itemized invoice showing expenses paid for certification
  • W-9 tax form

If funds become available for additional states, the NOP will announce this via the NOP Organic Insider.

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