Organic Certification Cost Share Programs

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Organic Certification Cost Share Programs Fiscal Year 2016 Request for Applications (pdf) is now available. Two organic certification cost share programs are offered in 2016, which assist certified organic operations in defraying the costs associated with organic certification. Organic operations may receive up to 75 percent of their certification costs paid during October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016; not to exceed $750 per certification scope. Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on July 5, 2016, through

National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP)

The NOCCSP is available to producers and handlers (e.g., all four scopes of certification) in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, the American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, and the United States Virgin Islands. The program provides $10.7 million dollars of assistance in fiscal year 2016. 

Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Organic Certification Cost Share Program

The AMA is available to certified organic producers (only crop and livestock operators) in 16 states designated by Congress which include: Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming. The program provides $932,000 in assistance in fiscal year 2016. All funds must be used within the fiscal year in which they are allocated.

Note: Producers in the AMA states are eligible for reimbursement under both the NOCCSP and the AMA; however, State Agencies should exhaust AMA funds prior to using NOCCSP funds. Additionally, 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.

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