Financial Help With Organic Certification Costs
July 22, 2011
Are you a farmer or processor interested in becoming organic but put off by the cost of certification? You can now apply for a cost-share program that reimburses up to 75% of the cost of certification, up to a maximum of $750. And those maximums apply each year, so farmers already certified organic are eligible for reimbursements, too!
The reimbursements come from the USDA organic certification cost share program, which is operated in Wisconsin through the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. To get application materials click here or request them from Laura Paine at 608-224-5120 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are accepted through October 31, 2011, but you might not want to wait until the last minute; although the USDA tries to provide each state enough funds for everyone who applies, it operates on a first-come, first-served basis. And yes, certified organic farms and processors are eligible to apply annually for reimbursement.