Organic Cost Share
2018-2019 ORGANIC COST SHARE REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM
USDA Accepting Applications to Help Cover Producers’ Costs for Organic Certification
Certification Cost Share Funding
The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) recently announced that organic producers and handlers can apply for federal funds to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic certification through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP).
Producers can visit their local FSA county offices to apply for up to 75 percent of the cost of organic certification.
Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP) provides cost share assistance to producers and handlers of agricultural products who are obtaining or renewing their certification under the National Organic Program (NOP). Certified producers and handlers are eligible to receive reimbursement for up to 75 percent of certification costs each year, up to a maximum of $750 per certification scope, including crops, livestock, wild crops, handling and state organic program fees. For more information on organic certification and regulations, visit the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service’s organic website.
Applying for OCCSP:
Producers and handlers may submit OCCSP applications to FSA county offices or they may apply through participating State agencies.
To apply through FSA, you can find an FSA county office near you with the Service Center Locator. The FSA OCCSP application form is available at USDA's eForms site, by selecting "Browse forms" and entering "OCCSP" in the "title or keywords" field on the search page.
Deadline for this round of applications: Oct. 31, 2019
State agencies may apply to administer OCCSP for 2019 through Grants.gov (Opportunity numbers USDA-FSA-SND-NOCCSP-2019 and USDA-FSA-SND-AMA-2019). Participating State agencies will be posted on this page once grant agreements are in place. Please note that State agencies may have a different application process than FSA; applicants should refer to their State agency's requirements and ensure they are using the correct application form before submitting their applications. Applicants cannot receive duplicate benefits from both FSA and a State agency.