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
National Organic Standards Board - Spring Meeting 2022
Comment Period Open through April 1, 2022
The NOSB will meet virtually in April 2022.
-NOSB Public Comment Webinars (two days): April 19 & 21, 2022; Noon - 5:00 pm Eastern Time
-NOSB Public Meeting (three days): April 26-28, 2022; Noon - 5:00 pm Eastern 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.
Hawaii Organic Farming Association
Hawaii Organic Farming Association5 months ago
Grant Opportunity -- Rural Innovation Stronger Economy (RISE) Grant Program
Aloha: The USDA is accepting grant applications under the Rural Innovation Stronger Economy (RISE) program. The USDA encourages applications that serve the smallest communities with the lowest incomes. RISE offers federal funding assistance, which can be used to
· Build or support a business incubator facility
· Provide worker training to assist in the creation of new jobs
· Train the existing workforce with skills for higher-paying jobs
· Develop a base of skilled workers and improve their opportunities to obtain high-wage jobs in new or existing local industries
Deadline: 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, April 19, 2022.
Applications must be submitted through
Potential applicants may submit a concept proposal for review by the agency to no later than February 18, 2022.
Contact the USDA HI located in Hilo.
Grant amounts are awarded competitively with a minimum of $500,000 and a maximum grant amount of $2,000,000.

H/T Hawaii Farmers Union United for the info.