17 May 2015
2015 Organic Certification Cost Share
On Thursday, May 14, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of approximately $11.9 million in funding for organic certification cost-share assistance for organic producers and handlers through state departments of agriculture. Payments for certification-related expenses incurred from October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015 can cover up to 75 percent of an individual producer’s or handler’s certification costs, up to a maximum of $750 per certification.
Specific procedures for applying for the cost share in Michigan have not been announced yet. When they have been posted, the information will be available on the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Devleopment's website under Organic Resources (toward the bottom of the page.