National Organic Certification Cost Share Program

WE ARE NAPA COUNTY

Agricultural Commissioner Sealer of Weights and Measures

Greg Clark, Agricultural Commissioner Sealer of Weights and Measures

Apply for the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program

June 16, 2014

Apply for the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program 


The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Program (NOP) is providing funds to assist with the cost of organic certification under the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program. Accordingly, the California Department of Food and Agriculture will be distributing reimbursement to operations that have been certified by a USDA accredited certifying agent.

The NOP currently recognizes four categories of certification: crops, wild crops, livestock, and processing/handling. Operations may receive one reimbursement per year. Eligible entities will be reimbursed up to 75 percent of their organic certification costs, not to exceed $750 per category. Any organic operation in California that has received or renewed organic certification on or between October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014 may apply for reimbursement. Applications must be postmarked no later than December 31, 2014.

In order to receive reimbursement, applicants must submit a completed Federal Organic Cost Share Application (ORG-106) along with a copy of certification, copies of associated expense invoices required to obtain and/or maintain certification, and a completed Payee Data Record Form (STD 204).

To apply on line go to https://organic.cdfa.ca.gov/costshare/ and click on Cost Share Application.

Cost Share applications will be processed on a first come, first serve basis. For hard copy applications submitted, only complete and accurate applications with an original signature will be processed. Incomplete or inaccurate applications will be returned and must be resubmitted. When the funds provided by USDA have been exhausted, no more applications will be accepted.

Electronic copies of this notice and supporting material can be found at the following Internet address: http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/is/i_&_c/organic.html. For additional information, please contact Sharon Parsons at (916) 900-5202.