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 Association2 months ago
It’s National AgWeek again, and March 23 has been proclaimed National Agriculture Day. Mahalo to all who produce, process, and feed the nation.
Hawaii Organic Farming Association
Hawaii Organic Farming Association3 months ago
Our state is still offering the Organic Foods Production tax credit for tax year 2020. For a reminder, this bill was passed in the legislature 5 years ago, and implemented 3 years ago. Very few farmers are aware of its existence. Certified Organic farmers are eligible for up to $50,000 in a non- refundable tax credit. Tax years 2020 and 2021 are the last two years of the credit.
Please remember that you must send the copies of your farm expenses, that are marked paid, by March 31, to:

Hawaii Department of Agriculture
Quality Assurance Division
ATTN: Shelley Choy
1851 Auiki Street
Honolulu, HI 96819-3100
Shelley.n.choy@hawaii.gov
808-832-0676

The person to contact at the Hawaii Department of Taxation, if you have specific tax questions:

Joshua J. Michaels
Administrative Rules Specialist
Department of Taxation
P.O. Box 259, Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 587-1533
Fax: (808) 587-1584
Joshua.j.michaels@hawaii.gov

Below is the link to the HDOA website and the form to send in with your receipts by March 31, 2021. HDOA will sign and stamp a form N-354, send it back to you, so that you can file it with your Hawaii state tax return.
https://hdoa.hawaii.gov/chair/new-agriculture-initiatives/organic-foods-production-tax-credit/
Hawaii Organic Farming Association
Hawaii Organic Farming Association5 months ago
Critical notice regarding status change of a previously approved input material.
Agro Gold WS and Weed Slayer, manufactured by Agro Research International LLC, were recently reevaluated and are now PROHIBITED for use in organic crop production. Certified organic operators must discontinue use, remove the products from all OSP material lists, and safely dispose of remaining product.

Oregon Department of Agriculture's ODA Stop Use Notice and CDFA Notices linked below:

https://odanews.wpengine.com/oda-issues-stop-use-notice-on-organic-soil-amendment-product-agro-gold-ws/

https://www.oregon.gov/oda/programs/Pesticides/Documents/2020/PesticideAdvisory121020.pdf

https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/egov/press_releases/Press_Release.asp?PRnum=20-173