Organic Certification Cost Share Program NOTICE OF FUNDS AVAILABILITY

Deadline for getting your completed application for cost-share funding in to your FSA county office is October 31, 2020.

CHANGES for FY 2020-2023:
For Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 through 2023, FSA is revising the reimbursement amount to 50 percent of the certified organic operation’s eligible expenses, up to a maximum of $500 per scope. This change is due to the limited amount of funding available and will allow a larger number of certified organic operations to receive assistance. If additional funding is authorized at a later time, FSA may provide additional assistance to certified operations that have applied, not to exceed 75% of eligible costs, up to $750 per scope.

View the Organic Certification Cost Share Program Fact Sheet (August 10, 2020)
View the Organic Certification Cost Share Program Fact Sheet (August 10, 2020)

Formerly, eligible certified organic operations could receive reimbursement of 75% of eligible costs, up to a maximum payment of $750 per scope, which is the maximum allowed by law. In FY 2019 and prior years, funds were available to cover all applications; however, the amount of funding available will not cover expected participation levels in FY 2020.

Visit USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP) home page

Read the Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) published August 10, 2020 in the Federal Register Vol. 85, No. 154

Hawaii Organic Farming Association
Hawaii Organic Farming Association3 months ago
Maui County has become the first county in the State of Hawai’i to establish its own Department of Agriculture.

https://mauinow.com/2022/07/04/maui-county-establishes-its-own-department-of-agriculture/
Hawaii Organic Farming Association
Hawaii Organic Farming Association3 months ago
National Organic Standards Board Fall Meeting 2022
Comment Period Open through September 29, 2022

The NOSB will meet in Sacramento, California in October 2022. The in-person meeting will be webcast live.

NOSB Public Comment Webinars (two days)

October 18 & 20, 2022; Noon - 5:00 pm Eastern Time
NOSB Public Meeting (three days)

October 25 - 27, 2022; 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Pacific Time
Stakeholder Engagement Encouraged
The NOSB invites public comment, both written and oral, on its agenda topics. Interested parties are encouraged to review the online meeting materials, including the tentative agenda, subcommittee proposals, and discussion documents.

Deadlines: To be considered during the Fall 2022 Meeting, written comments must be received by 11:59 pm ET on Thursday, September 29, 2022. This gives the Board time to review the comments before the meeting.

Oral comment registration will open in late August when the agenda and proposals are posted. Oral comment speaking slots may fill up quickly, so keep an eye on the NOSB Fall 2022 Meeting webpage: https://www.ams.usda.gov/event/national-organic-standards-board-nosb-meeting-sacramento-ca-2022

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