With the implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill, approximately $13 million in funding is now available for organic certification cost-share assistance nationally, making certification more accessible than ever for small certified producers and handlers. Under the provisions, $11.5 million is available to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. Territories. An additional $1.5 million is also 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. Payments cover up to 75 percent of an individual producer’s or handler’s certification costs, up to a maximum of $750 per certification. Additional information, including state cost-share contacts, is available on the NOP Cost Share web page. OTA has advocated for cost-share funding to encourage more certified organic operations.
USDA announces $13 million in organic cost-share funding
July 22, 2014 in Government Affairs & Policy
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