SC Commissioner Weathers: Organic Certification and Other Cost Share Grants

Farmers and food processors may be able to offset some organic certification costs.

South Carolina farmers and food processors who want to pursue organic certification may qualify for reimbursement through a grant administered by our agency and funded by the US Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency.

Organic certification can help farmers and food producers expand to new markets and find new customers.

It’s not for everyone, but for some producers it’s a big help.  

The Organic Certification Cost Share Program offers up to 50% reimbursement for certain certification costs.   

In addition, two farm credit associations are supplementing the cost-share funding available under this grant. AgSouth Farm Credit, ACA and ArborOne Farm Credit, ACA have generously offered to supplement the Organic Certification Cost Share Program for South Carolina producers with an additional reimbursement of 25 percent of certification costs up to a maximum of $250.

The deadline to apply for reimbursement for the current year is December 19, 2022.

SCDA also has several other cost share reimbursement programs available as projects of the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program:

  • Cold Storage Cost Share Application – for CoolBot installation
  • GAP Cost Share
  • Water Quality Analysis Cost Share
  • Market Development Trade Show & Educational Conference Cost Share
  • Produce Safety Rule On-Farm Improvement Cost Share
  • Value-Added Packaging Cost Share Application

To apply for reimbursement programs through SCDA, visit agriculture.sc.gov/grants.