Organic growers can apply for 50 percent reimbursement for the cost to get certified or re-certified. The deadline to apply is Nov. 12. Here to tell us more is NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler.
- We recently announced the availability of a cost-share program to help organic growers cover 50 percent of the cost of certification or re-certification.
- The program is for the 2019-2020 season with a total of $135,800 available. Applications must be postmarked by Nov. 20, and will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.
- This program is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It is a program that has been funded for a number of years, and we are happy to be able to secure this funding for our organic producers.
- Growers who are certified or re-certified between Oct. 1, 2019, and Sept. 30, 2020, can apply for assistance through the program.
- Under the grant, operations can be certified and reimbursed in four separate categories: crops, livestock, wild crop and handler/processor. The maximum reimbursement per category is $500.
- To apply, growers must provide a completed application, along with detailed invoices/statements from the certifying agency listing all National Organic Program certified costs, proof of payment, a substitute W-9 form and a copy of your certificate or letter from your certifier if this is a new certification. All charges must be for USDA organic certification.
- The application can be downloaded at www.ncdaorganic.org. or growers can also apply through their local Farm Service Agency office.
- Application and required documents can be mailed, faxed or emailed to the NCDA&CS Organic Certification Cost Share Program, Attn. Heather Barnes. For questions, contact Barnes at 919-707-3127.