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 weeks ago
Organic and Transitional Education and Certification Program (OTECP):
FSA has started accepting applications for OTECP, a new (likely temporary) program designed to help certified organic and transitional operations offset certain costs including eligible certification expenses, eligible transitional expenses, educational event registration fees, and soil testing for micronutrient deficiencies. The $20 million devoted to this program for fiscal years 2020, 2021, and 2022 is part of USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers Initiative.
FSA will accept OTECP applications for fiscal years 2020 and 2021 from November 8, 2021 through January 7, 2022. The application period for fiscal year 2022 applications will be announced later.

https://www.farmers.gov/pandemic-assistance/otecp
Hawaii Organic Farming Association
Hawaii Organic Farming Association1 month ago
The Fall 2021 National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting was held Wednesday - Thursday October 13-14 and Tuesday - Thursday, October 19-21. Oregon Tilth has outlined some of the discussions and decisions from the meeting in their recap (at the link).

https://tilth.org/fall-2021-nosb-recap/