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AnnouncementJuly 17, 2014


The USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is pleased to announce that organic certification cost share assistance is now available! We would also like to remind you of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) fall meeting in October.

USDA Organic Cost-Share Programs Funded

Approximately $13 million in Farm Bill funding is now available for organic certification cost-share assistance, making certification more accessible than ever for small certified producers and handlers.


"Consumer demand for organic products is surging across the country," said Secretary Tom Vilsack. "To meet this demand, we need to make sure that small farmers who choose to grow organic products can afford to get certified.  Organic food is now a multi-billion dollar industry, and helping this sector continue to grow creates jobs across the country."


The certification assistance is distributed through two programs within the Agricultural Marketing Service. Through the National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program, $11.5 million is available to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. Territories. Through the Agricultural Management Assistance Organic Certification Cost-Share Program, an additional $1.5 million is available to organic operations in Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.


These programs provide cost-share assistance through participating states to USDA certified organic producers and handlers for certification-related expenses they incur from October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014. Payments cover up to 75 percent of an individual producer's or handler's certification costs, up to a maximum of $750 per certification. To receive cost-share assistance, organic producers and handlers should contact their state agencies. Each state will have their own guidelines and requirements for reimbursement; the National Organic Program (NOP) will assist states as much as possible to successfully implement the programs.


For additional information contact Dana Stahl, Organic Certification Cost Share Program Manager, (540) 361-1126. Additional information, including state cost share contacts, is available on the NOP Cost Share web page.


NOSB Fall Meeting Reminder

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) fall meeting will be held in Louisville, Kentucky on October 28-30, 2014. A small block of rooms has been set aside for the public. There will be several other big events in Louisville that week and rooms may be scarce.


Meeting Information:

Galt House Hotel

140 North Fourth St.

Louisville, KY 40202

Room Reservation Link:


Room reservations via phone: 1-800-843-4258

About the Agricultural Marketing Service

USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) facilitates the competitive and efficient marketing of agricultural products. Through its National Organic Program, AMS facilitates trade and ensures the integrity of organic agricultural products by consistently implementing organic standards and enforcing compliance with the regulations throughout the world. Learn more.

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