Oregon Organic Certification Cost Share Funds Available
The Organic Cost Share Reimbursement Program was approved by Congress and funds made available through the USDA to applicant states. Oregon received $405,000 in reimbursement funds.
The Organic Cost Share Reimbursement Program was approved by Congress and funds made available through the USDA to applicant states. The program provides reimbursement to growers, processors and handlers who obtain organic certification from USDA accredited certifiers (certifying to National Organic Program standards). Oregon received $202,500 in reimbursement funds for the October 1, 2009 - September 30, 2010 period. Oregon Tilth, along with many partner organizations, advocated for this program during work on the most recent Farm Bill.
Oregon producers or handlers certified by USDA accredited certifiers between October 1, 2009 and September 30, 2010 are eligible to receive reimbursement for 75% of certification fees, up to a maximum of $750 per qualifying year.
To request reimbursement you must complete an application form and W-9 form. In addition, you must submit a copy of your fee invoice(s) and proof you have been certified or re-certified. These documents must show payment(s) and certification for the same year. Incomplete applications will be returned. All completed applications for the October 1, 2009-September 30, 2010 period must be submitted by October 31, 2010. Reimbursements will be made on a first-come first-serve basis until all available funds have been disbursed.
The Oregon Department of Agriculture has posted the new application forms on-line and added a "frequently asked questions" section to help minimize confusion about applying for cost share reimbursements.
To download the new application form and view the FAQs, visit the Oregon Department of Agriculture cost share reimbursement website at: http://egov.oregon.gov/ODA/ADMD/organic_costshare.shtml