Did you all know that the USDA National Organic Program administers a cost-share program for certified organic producers and handlers? After receiving certification, participants may be reimbursed up to 75% of costs related to organic certification, not to exceed $750 annually. They must comply with NOP regulations for organic production or handling and have received certification or renewed their certification within the established timeframe. This is a great opportunity for organic operators to offset the rising cost of certification, and it can also make certification affordable for those who wish to enter the organic market. How to Apply The current funding cycle ends September 30th, 2010, so individuals seeking reimbursement should work with their state agencies and certifiers to submit a complete application as soon as possible.
In Vermont, you should contact: Mary Morrison, Vermont Dept. of Agriculture 116 State St. Montpelier, VT 05602 P: 802-828-3833 E-mail: Mary.Morrison@state.vt.us
Other State contacts here: http://www.ams.usda.gov/NOPCostShareProgramParticipants.
The state agencies can provide further information and application packages.