Reimbursement

FOR CERTIFICATION FEES

COST SHARE REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM

The National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP) helps farmers and processors afford the expense of organic certification by refunding up to 75 percent of their certification costs per scope of operation, with a maximum of $750 per scope.

The NOCCSP is available to producers and handlers (e.g., all scopes of certification). The program provides $11.5 million dollars of assistance per fiscal year 2014 through 2018. Unused funds may be rolled into the next fiscal year.


Why is Cost Share Important?

Organic certification cost share assistance helps small and mid-sized organic farm businesses afford annual certification costs. As the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition notes, “farm businesses are a core part of the domestic organic supply chain, and without them, companies that use their product would be forced to source from abroad in order to meet demand for organic in the U.S.”

We strongly encourage all organic farmers, livestock operations and handlers to apply for cost share funding support. Recipients must be certified organic under the National Organic Program to receive cost-share assistance and organic producers and handlers located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marina Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands are eligible to participate.

2017 Participation Information

The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) has announced the availability of approximately $11.5 million in funding for organic certification cost-share assistance for organic producers and handlers through state departments of agriculture. The program is designed to be noncompetitive financial assistance that helps defray the costs of organic certification.

For clients that renewed certification:
For those who renewed their organic certification and have paid their certification and inspection fees, you only need to provide proof of payment for eligible fees between from October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017.*

For new clients:
For those that applied for certification for the first time, you must provide proof of payment for all eligible incurred costs and receive your certification before September 30, 2017.

What is the deadline to apply for cost share reimbursement?

The application deadline is different for each state. For information, please be in contact with your county FSA office.

Can Oregon Tilth provide documentation for me?

Oregon Tilth has been working hard to assist states participating with cost share reimbursement. Some states now allow Oregon Tilth to provide receipts for fees paid and certificates (when applicable) for the clients we certify. We are happy to provide assistance as needed.

How much am I eligible to receive reimbursement for?

The maximum reimbursement is 75% (or up to $750) of certification costs per certification scope, including application fees, certification fees and inspection costs.

Note: If you have spent $1,000 on certification fees prior to your inspection costs, apply now! You have maxed out on reimbursement at this point and need not delay in submitting your application.

Who is the contact person at Oregon Tilth for all cost share questions?

If you have any questions about cost share, please contact Certifications Operations Assistant, Chelsea Wilson or at (503) 378-0690.

Additional information:

* You can and should use your certificate – the USDA does not require you to submit a newly issued 2015 certificate in the cost share packet, only a copy of paid invoices by your state’s deadline.