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 Association1 week ago
One city at a time.
“Stamford’s ordinance allows only the use of materials permitted within the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program to be used on publicly owned property.”

https://beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblog/2021/09/stamford-ct-passes-organic-land-ordinance-restricting-toxic-pesticide-and-fertilizer-use-on-public-property/
Hawaii Organic Farming Association
Hawaii Organic Farming Association2 weeks ago
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announces two new grant programs, Pandemic Response and Safety (PRS) Grant and Seafood Pandemic Response Safety (SPRS) Block Grant, intended to provide financial assistance for farmers and ranchers as they adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic in the workplace.
The grant programs aim to provide assistance to agricultural operations including small scale specialty crop producers and processors, shellfish, aquaculture and other select producers, meat and other processors, distributors, farmers markets and seafood facilities.
The PRS grant will be funded at $650 million and the SPRS block grant will be funded at $50 million. Applications will be available on September 23rd.

https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/prs
https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/sprs
Hawaii Organic Farming Association
Hawaii Organic Farming Association1 month ago
Cost Share funding is available to certified organic operations. Contact your local Farm Services Agency for application and info.

https://fsa.usda.gov/news-room/news-releases/2021/usda-accepting-applications-to-help-cover-costs-for-organic-certification