The application period for the National Organic Cost Share Reimbursement program has closed for the period of October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014.
ODA anticipates an announcement from USDA in March regarding guidelines for the 2015 reimbursement program.
The National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP) provides cost share assistance to organic growers and producers, processors, and handlers who have received USDA organic certification from USDA accredited certifiers.
Authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, the NOCCSP funds have been made available from USDA to applicant states. The Oregon Department of Agriculture has been allocated $476,190 in reimbursement funds for the period of October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014.
The NOP currently recognizes four categories of
- Wild crops
Eligible operations will be reimbursed up to 75 percent of their organic certification costs, not to exceed $750 per certification or category of certification per year.
How to apply
Applicants must adhere to the following to apply for reimbursement:
- Be an organic operation in Oregon that has become newly certified or incurred costs to renew organic certification on or between October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014.
- Possess current USDA organic certification. Operations with suspended or revoked certifications are ineligible for reimbursement.
- Submit a completed organic cost share reimbursement application form.
- Submit an organic certificate with date, certification number, and name of certifier.
- Submit an itemized invoice detailing certification costs.
- If you are a first time applicant or newly certified operation, you must submit a W-9 form.
- Applications must be postmarked no later than October 31, 2014. Incomplete applications will be returned.
Reimbursements will be made on a first-come, first serve basis until all funds have been disbursed.
USDA National Organic Program Accredited Certifying Agents