(GREELEY, CO) – June 16, 2017 – Weld County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Jeff Wilson informs producers of the new Organic Certification Cost Share Program. Organic producers and handlers can now visit their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office to apply for federal reimbursement to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic certification. The program is administered on a 1st come 1st served until the funds are exhausted. More information is available at the FSA Organic site https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/occsp/index .
FSA will now reimburse organic producers up to 75 percent of the cost of organic certification by providing a uniform, streamlined process for organic producers and handlers to apply for organic cost share assistance either by mail or in person by completing an application. Eligible producers include any certified producers or handlers who have paid organic certification fees to a USDA-accredited certifying agent. Application fees, inspection costs, fees related to equivalency agreement/ arrangement requirements, travel/per diem for inspectors, user fees, sales assessments and postage are all eligible for a cost share reimbursement from USDA.
Ineligible costs include equipment, materials, supplies, transitional certification fees, late fees and inspections necessary to address the National Organic Program regulatory violations.
Certified operations may receive up to 75 percent of their certification costs paid from Oct. 1, 2016, through Sept. 30, 2017, and may not to exceed $750 per certification scope. Applicants are encouraged to apply prior to October 31, 2017.
Contact the Weld County FSA for assistance or to schedule an appointment for enrollment (970) 356-8097 extension 2.