Organic certification is more affordable when USDA pays up to 75 percent of the costs. Funds are still available--as much as $750 per certified operation--to certified organic farmers and businesses.
We hope the organic community will help connect certified operations with this opportunity!
But time is running out... some States' deadlines are as early as September 30th! All it takes is a short, simple application, along with proof of certification expenses.
This year, 49 States are offering cost share assistance, as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
|Is Your Operation Certified Organic?|
Don't wait! Follow these simple steps to get your 2012 cost share reimbursement:
- Contact your State's Department of Agriculture.
- Complete a short form, documenting certification expenses through September 30th.
- Receive a check for as much as 75 percent--up to $750--of your certification costs.
View Contact Information for Each State
|Do You Serve Organic Operations? |
The cost share program makes organic certification more affordable, which can allow operations to invest in additional conservation efforts, expand their businesses, or save for unforeseen circumstances.
To help you spread the word about the cost share program, we hope you will consider the following, keeping in mind that some States have a September 30th deadline:
Please help us give certified operations the opportunity to apply by September 30th!
If you have questions, please contact Patricia Atkins or call 202-720-3252.
|About the National Organic Program (NOP)|
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