Organic Certification Cost Sharing Funds Available for 2015

May 15, 2015 - Two cost-sharing programs aimed at easing the cost of organic certification have announced $11.9 million in funding for 2015, allowing organic farmers throughout the U.S. to recoup as much as 75 percent of certification expenses paid between Oct. 1, 2014 and Sept. 30, 2015, not to exceed $750 per certification.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) makes the cost-share assistance available through state departments of agriculture, lowering economic hurdles for organic producers and handlers across the country.

The National Organic Certification Cost Share Program has $11 million available to organic farms and businesses. Another $900,000 is available through the Agricultural Management Assistance Organic Certification Cost Share Program (AMA), serving organic producers (crop and livestock operators only) in Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

In 2014, USDA issued nearly 10,000 certification cost-sharing reimbursements totaling over $6 million, providing critical support to the organic community.

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