Applications for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s National Organic Certification Cost Share Program are now open.
Through this program, organic certification fees paid between Oct. 1, 2019 and Sept. 30, 2020 are eligible. The applications for reimbursement are due by Nov. 2, 2020.
The Arkansas Department of Agriculture administers the USDA National Organic Certification Cost Share Program.
“Anything we can do to help offset costs for Arkansas producers is a win for agriculture, which is our state’s top industry,” Arkansas Agriculture Secretary Wes Ward said in a statement. “We appreciate the opportunity to partner with the USDA on this program that provides important cost-share assistance to an expanding sector of Arkansas’s agricultural industry,” says Ward.
Producers certified by a USDA-accredited agent are eligible for reimbursement costs of 50 percent for certification costs, up to $500. If certification costs have already been reimbursed through the USDA’s Farm Service Agency, the costs cannot be reimbursed again.
To obtain an application, contact Karen Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org.