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What is the Organic Cost Share Program?

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Question: What is the Organic Cost Share Program?

How can the Organic Cost Share Program help you pay for organic certifications costs?

Answer:

The Organic Certification Cost Share Program is part of the Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Program. The program can help reimburse eligible certified organic producers and handlers for a portion of the costs involved with organic certification.

Can anyone apply?:

The Organic Certification Cost Share Program is not a competitive program. Any producer or organic handler who has received organic certification, or a renewal of organic certification from an accredited certifying agent is eligible to apply for the program. Individuals in all 50 states, along with, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, are eligible to participate. Funds are administered on a first-come, first-served basis until exhausted.

How much funding is available?:

Funding amounts per state vary. Each year the National Organic Program (NOP) determines each state's annual allocation based on the number of certified organic operations in the state and the spending history of the state. Funds offered by the Organic Cost Share Program can be used for up to 75% of an individual producer's or handler's certification costs; not to exceed $750.

How to apply:

In most cases, to apply for the Organic Certification Cost Share Program, you'll need to complete and submit an application form, your W-9 form and a copy of your itemized fee invoice(s). First-time certification applicants also must submit a copy of their dated certification.

For application information specific to your state see the Organic Cost Share Program Participants Contact List.

Updated as of February 2011.

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