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Organic Certification Cost Share Programs  

2014 Organic Certification Cost Share Programs (OCCSP)

Organic cost share programs reimburse individual organic operators up to 75 percent of their 2014 (October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014) certification costs up to a maximum of $750 per category of certification. Two noncompetitive organic certification cost share programs are offered in fiscal year 2014 (October 1, 2013 September 30, 2014). Estimated State Agency Allocation Amounts (PDF)

National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP)

Organic producers and handlers (e.g., all scopes of certification) in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, the American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marina Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, and the United States Virgin Islands are eligible to participate in the NOCCSP, which provides $11.5M in assistance each fiscal year through 2018. Unused funds may be rolled into the next fiscal year.

Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Organic Certification Cost Share Program

Organic producers (no handlers) in 16 states that have a historically low participation rate in the Federal Crop Insurance Program are eligible to participate in the AMA. The 16 states designated by Congress include: Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming. All funds must be used within the fiscal year in which they are allocated; $1.5M is available per fiscal year through 2018.

Traditionally, AMA funds have been allocated for certification costs incurred the next fiscal year. For example, FY 13 funds were allocated for certification costs incurred in FY 14. However, to provide reimbursements in a more timely manner and streamline the reporting process, FY 14 funds will also be allocated for certifications costs incurred in FY 14. This means more funds are available to AMA states for FY 14 certifications costs.

  • FY 13 AMA funding ($1,352,850) was awarded to State Agencies in the fall of 2013 for use on FY 14 organic certification costs.
  • FY 14 AMA funding provides an additional $1.5M in assistance to producers for FY 14 organic certification costs.

Note: Producers in AMA states are eligible for reimbursement under both the NOCCSP and the AMA; however, producers receiving reimbursement for certification costs under the AMA are not eligible for reimbursement for the same certification costs under the NOCCSP and vice versa. Additionally, State Agencies should exhaust AMA funds prior to using NOCCSP funds for organic producer reimbursements.

How to Get Reimbursed

Assemble the following supporting documentation:
  • Proof of USDA organic certification,
  • Itemized invoice showing expenses paid for certification,
  • W-9 tax form, and
  • Anything else required by your State Agency.

Resources for State Agencies
Dana K. Stahl, OCCSP Manager Phone: 540-361-1126
Rita Meade, OCCSP Coordinator Phone: 202-260-8636

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  Last Modified Date: 06/05/2014