Application Period Open for Organic Cost Share Program
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 07/18/2016
Organic food processors and producers may begin applying for reimbursement of costs related to organic certification through the USDA National Organic Program. Farms and businesses that produce, process or package certified organic agricultural products
are eligible to be reimbursed for 75 percent of certification-related costs--up to $750 per category of certification--for expenses paid from October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016. The farms or businesses must have received an initial organic certification
or a renewal of certification during that time and must be located in Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture has mailed the application forms to certified producers and processors. Forms also will be available on DATCP's website and from DATCP staff. The deadline to apply is November 30.
Applications materials and instructions can be found in the packet mailed from DATCP or online at datcp.wi.gov/farms/organic_farming.
The funding for this popular program originated in the 2002 farm bill. The funding comes from the federal government through the USDA National Organic Program. DATCP administers the funding.
The cost-share program was not available for the 2014 growing season.