National Organic Certification Cost Share Program
The National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP) helps certified operators afford the expense of organic certification. In 2021, the program will refund up to 50 percent, or a maximum of $500, of certification costs per “scope” — crop, livestock, wild crop, and handling — for eligible organic operations. Recipients must be certified organic under the National Organic Program to receive cost share assistance.
Apply today! Applications for the Organic Certification Cost Share Program funds are due November 1st. Funds are limited and applications are paid on a first-come, first served basis.
For 2021, the reimbursement is limited to 50 percent of a certified organic operation’s eligible expenses, up to a maximum of $500 per scope (in previous years the USDA set the reimbursement level at 75% of eligible expenses, up to a maximum of $750 per scope).
Producers can be reimbursed for expenses made between Oct. 1, 2020 and Sept. 30, 2021 including application fees, inspection costs, fees related to equivalency agreement and arrangement requirements, travel expenses for inspectors, user fees, sales assessments and postage.
How to Apply
Producers and handlers may apply to USDA FSA county offices or through participating State agencies.
Applications for the Organic Certification Cost Share Program funds are due November 1st.
To apply through FSA, you can find an FSA county office near you with the Service Center Locator. The FSA application form is available at USDA’s eForms site, by selecting “Browse forms” and entering “OCCSP” in the “title or keywords” field on the search page.
To apply through State agencies, first verify that your state is participating, the full list is available here (as of August 2021 the states NOT participating include: Hawaii, Louisiana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, and Wyoming). State agencies may have a different application process than FSA; applicants should refer to their State agency’s requirements and ensure they are using the correct application form. If you are in Oregon, apply here. The contact information for other state agencies is available here.
Applicants cannot receive duplicate benefits from both FSA and a State agency.
Applicants must typically submit a one-page application form, W-9 tax form (to participating state agencies), proof of certification and an itemized invoice of certification expenses.
Organic certification cost share funds are only available to certified organic producers and handlers.
Oregon Tilth is happy to provide copies of invoices for fees paid and certificates (when applicable) for the clients we certify. Contact us at any time for assistance.