For 2013, no funding is available in Wisconsin for the Organic Certification Cost Share Program. If funding does become available, DATCP will publicize the program and make application materials available at this website. The following is provided for information purposes only.
The 2008 Federal Farm Bill provided funding for this popular program that helps organic farmers and processors pay for their organic certification. Funding comes from the federal government, through the USDA National Organic Program. The program is administered through the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection.
Application materials for 2012 are available below as a reference or may be requested from Laura Paine, Organic Agriculture Specialist at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection, at 608-224-5120 or via email at email@example.com.
The program provides for a 75% cost-share of certification costs with a maximum payment of $750 per category of certification. If a farmer or business engages in more than one category (crops, livestock, processing, or wild harvest), they may receive 75% up to $750 for each category. Certified organic farms and processors are eligible to apply annually for reimbursement. All certified organic farms and handlers are eligible for cost sharing on a first-come, first-served basis.
Instructions and invitation to apply (2 page PDF)
Frequently Asked Questions (2 page PDF)
Application form (1 page WORD)
W-9 form (3 page WORD)