Thursday, September 8, 2011

Organic Cost Share

The fiscal year for the USDA NOP Organic Cost Share Program comes to a close September 30, 2011. For this year only, producers are eligible for both the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 cycles.  If you received an organic certification between October 1, 2009 and September 30, 2011 you are eligible for a 75% or up to $750 reimbursement for each certification, or classification in which you are certified.  If you have not received funds in either year, please apply by the end of the month.  Future funding for organic programs is determined largely by how much is used or not used the year before.

In previous years funds have run out early.  As a result Missouri received a substantial increase for 2010-2011 and there are still funds left.  This year applications are up almost 40% to date, and everyone who has applied has been funded in each cycle.  Help us exhaust these funds to help ensure that future increases match the amazing growth of Missouri’s organic producers, processors and handlers.

For more information or to apply visit the Organic page on the MO Department of Agriculture's website or send an email to Charlie Hopper.

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