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Organic Certification Cost Share (NOCCSP)

Program Basics
The National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP) makes financial assistance available to help defray the costs of organic certification for producers and handlers of organic products. Producers and handlers can receive up to 75 percent of their annual certification costs up to a maximum payment of $750 per year.

Handlers in all states, and producers in every state except the 12 Northeast states plus HI, NV, UT, and WY, are eligible to receive cost share assistance under this program. A separate but nearly identical program called the Agricultural Management Assistance Program provides cost share assistance to producers in the 12 Northeast states plus HI, NV, UT, and WY.

In either case, the assistance is made generally available to producers and handlers through the State departments of agriculture, particularly if that state has an accredited organic certifying program. Recipients must be certified by a USDA accredited certifying agent under the National Organic Program.

Contact Information
The Agricultural Marketing Service of the USDA manages the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program.

For more information please contact:

Betsy Rakola
Grants Management Specialist
USDA National Organic Program
Room 2640, South - Ag Stop 0268
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20250-0268
Tel 202-720-0081
Fax 202-205-7808
betsy.rakola@ams.usda.gov

Currently the AMS website can be accessed via this link:
www.ams.usda.gov/NOPCostSharing

From this link you can access both the National Organic Program website with an additional link to the cost-share program and the special Agricultural Management Assistance Program version of the same program.

A list of state USDA-NOP program contacts who handle applications for reimbursements is available at: www.ams.usda.gov/NOPCostShareProgramParticipants.

There is also an association of private accredited organic certifiers who may be helpful to producers and handlers regarding cost share program issues: www.accreditedcertifiers.org/index.htm

Last Updated October 29, 2010

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