2013-14 Organic Cost Share Announced
2013-2014 ORGANIC COST SHARE REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM*USDA AMS AUTHORIZES REIMBURSEMENT OF UP TO $750 OF COSTS OF ORGANIC CERTIFICATION*FUNDS DISBURSED ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS* DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION IS DECEMBER 1, 2014 (CONFIRM DEADLINE IN YOUR STATE).
NON-FLORIDA BASED OPERATIONS: Contact the state agency designated as a point of
contact for your state's cost share program. See the POC list here.
FLORIDA BASED OPERATIONS
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has received
2014 National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP) funds from the
United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA-AMS).
These funds will be used to reimburse producers and handlers for a portion of certification
costs for USDA Organic certification obtained between October 2013 and September 2014.
Please note that funds are available on a first-come, firstserved basis until all funds have
been expended. Please see USDA-AMS’s website for more information on the program.
The purpose of the NOCCSP is to reduce the cost of organic certification by reimbursing producers and
handlers up to 75% of costs incurred to obtain USDA Organic certification (up to a maximum of $750 per
category of certification).
In order to be eligible for reimbursement through the 2014 NOCCSP, an applicant must meet the
- The operation must possess current USDA Organic certification. Operations with suspended or
revoked certification are not eligible for reimbursement.
- Certification must have been initially obtained or renewed from a USDA-accredited certifying
agent between October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014.
- The certified operation must be located within the borders of Florida.
- The operation must not already have received NOCCSP reimbursement from the State of Florida during
the present funding year.
The following are examples of expenses which can and which cannot be
reimbursed by the NOCCSP:
- Application fees
- Inspection costs
- First-time USDA NOP certification fees
- Travel costs/per diem for organic inspectors
- User fees / sales assessments
- Late fees
- Inspections due to violations of NOP regulations
- Any charges related to certifications other
- than USDA Organic
- Transitional certifications
- Materials and supplies
How to Apply
To be considered for reimbursement, applicants must do the following:
- Fill out and submit the application form;
- Assemble and submit supporting documentation;
- Register on MyFloridaMarketPlace.com as a state vendor; and
- Submit a substitute W-9 to the Florida Department of Financial Services.
If submitting an application via email, please send to Joshua.Johnson@FreshFromFlorida.com. Include the letters “NOP” in the subject line of the email.
Because funding is available on a “first-come, first-served” basis until all funds are expended, applications will not be considered as received until all of the above steps are completed.
ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY DECEMBER 1, 2014. OPERATIONS SUBMITTING APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THIS DATE MAY NOT RECEIVE REIMBURSEMENT.
Registering as a State Vendor
In order to receive reimbursement through the program, you will need to register as a vendor through www.myfloridamarketplace.com and submit a substitute W-9 form to the Department of Financial Services. This is a two-step process, and both steps have to be completed before your organization can receive any payments from the State of Florida. The steps are as follows:
- Visit https://vendor.myfloridamarketplace.com/vms-web/spring/login , fill out the form titled “New Vendor Registration”, and follow the instructions to create your MyFloridaMarketplace record.
- Visit https://flvendor.myfloridacfo.com/, click the link on the right side of the page titled “Click here to Register”, and follow the instructions for submitting your Substitute Form W-9. Additional information on this requirement is contained in the attached document.
Once you have completed these steps, send an email to Joshua.Johnson@FreshFromFlorida.com with the letters “NOP” in the subject line to indicate that have registered. FDACS staff will verify that your business appears in the database of state vendors, and will contact you if any further action is necessary.