The Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP) provides organic producers and handlers with financial assistance to reduce the cost of organic certification. The program reimburses producers and handlers for a portion of their paid certification costs.
Organic operators can be reimbursed on an annual basis as much as 75 percent of their certification costs from October 1, 2022 through September 30, 2023, up to a maximum of $750 per scope of certification. Organic operations may receive one reimbursement per scope of certification per year. This means that clients that are certified of crops and livestock may be eligible for more than one reimbursement.
To ensure that your application is considered, and to improve your chance of receiving funds, it is important to submit complete and correct information and documentation. You may apply through your local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office or through participating state agencies.
To read the full Policies and Procedures of the National Organic Program (NOP) for cost share, click here.
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For access to a quick guide to federal farm and food-related programs and grants from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, visit their website to learn more.
Specialty Crop Block Grant Program – This program provides grants to individual state departments of agriculture to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops (defined as: fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and nursery crops (including floriculture)). The state departments of agriculture then distribute their grant funds to individual producers of specialty crops in their state.
Contact your State Department of Agriculture for information on these or other programs available in your state.
EQIP Organic Initiative Program – The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) works with landowners through conservation planning and assistance designed to benefit the soil, water, air, plants and animals that result in productive lands and healthy ecosystems. Funds are available for those transitioning to organic and currently certified organic producers through EQIP (Environmental Quality Incentive Program). For further information and to apply, visit: www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/eqip/organic.
Visit www.nrcs/usda/gov/programs for information on additional funding programs that may apply to your operation, including:
More information on these and other NRCS programs can be found at www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs or by contacting your State NRCS Office.