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Cost Share Funds Available for Organic Farms
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 09/15/2021

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture is encouraging organic farms and companies that sell, process or package organic agricultural products to apply for the Organic Certification Cost Share Program to offset that expense.

State officials say the program provides cost-share assistance to producers or handlers of organic agricultural products who are currently certified by a USDA/NOP Accredited Certifying Agency. Eligible producers or handlers may receive reimbursement for 50-percent of their certification costs up to a maximum of $500.

"USDA is here to help all producers, including those who grow our nation's organic food and fiber. Many farmers have told us that cost was a barrier to their ability to get an organic certification," said Acting State FSA Director Tyler Radke. "By assisting with the costs, this program can help organic farmers get their certification along with the benefits that come with it."

Any certification-related expenses incurred from October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021 are eligible for reimbursements. Examples of reimbursable expenses include inspection, user fees and certifier-required testing.

Applications must be postmarked on or before November 1.

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