#National Organic Certification Cost Share Program
We are excited to see that Organic Certification Cost Share funding has been restored to the higher level of 75% of the cost of certification up to $750 per scope! Oregon Tilth had long advocated for Cost Share as it helps reduce the expense of certification and is especially important to smaller, midsized, and historically underserved communities. We will continue to advocate for improvements to the program this year to ensure it continues to support organic producers.
As part of USDA’s broader effort to support organic producers and in response to stakeholder feedback, this year the Farm Service Agency (FSA) increased the cost share amount under the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP), which helps organic producers cover organic certification costs, to the maximum amount allowed by statute.
Specifically, FSA will cover up to 75% of costs associated with organic certification, up to $750 for crops, wild crops, livestock, processing/handling, and state organic program fees (California only). Producers can be reimbursed for expenses made between Oct. 1, 2022, through Sept. 30, 2023, including application fees, inspection costs, fees related to equivalency agreement and arrangement requirements, travel expenses for inspectors, user fees, sales assessments, and postage. 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 October 31. Funds are limited and applications are paid on a first-come, first served basis.
How to Apply
Producers and handlers may apply to USDA FSA County offices.
Don’t wait until the last minute! You can apply anytime after you have reached the maximum funding level.
To apply through FSA, you can find an FSA county office near you.
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.
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.
Oregon Tilth is happy to provide copies of invoices for fees paid and certificates (when applicable) for the clients we certify. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.