Who Is Eligible?
Farms that have successfully received their initial USDA organic certification from a USDA-accredited certifying agent or have incurred expenses related to the renewal of their USDA organic certification from a USDA-accredited certifying agent between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016 are eligible to receive reimbursements.
What Activities Are Eligible?
Allowable expenses include application fees, inspection costs, first-time USDA NOP certification fees, travel costs/per diem for organic inspectors, user fees, sales assessments and postage. Late fees, inspection due to violation of NOP regulation, materials and supplies, equipment and transitional certifications are not eligible. All charges must be for USDA organic certification.
How much: Payments are limited to 75% of an individual producer’s or handler/processor’s certification costs up to a maximum of $750 per certificate or category of certification per year. Expenses related to the certification must have been incurred between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016.
Applications must be postmarked by December 1, 2016. Incomplete applications will not be processed. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-serve basis until funds are depleted.
Contact: If you have any questions, please contact Heather Barnes, NCDA&CS Marketing Specialist at 919-707-3127 or [email protected]