Organic Certification and Cost Share Program Webinar
Presenters from DATCP, FSA, and MOSES share tips on how to become certified organic, apply for cost share reimbursement, and access organic learning opportunities.
Organic Certification Cost Share Program
The Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP) helps organic farmers and processors pay for organic certification. Funding comes from the federal government, and the program is administered through DATCP.
Organic farms and companies that sell, process, or package certified organic agricultural products are eligible to receive 50% of certification-related costs incurred, with a maximum of $500 for each category/scope if they meet the following criteria:
- They received initial or continuation/renewal of certification or are in the process of becoming certified organic to USDA National Organic Program (NOP) standards in the appropriate time period, and
- The certified operation is located in Wisconsin.
If certified in more than one category (e.g. crops, livestock, wild crop, or handler), a producer or handler is eligible for up to $500.00 for each category.
Funding for this program is provided by and contingent upon funds provided by cooperative agreement between the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection. (DATCP).
The program typically opens up in July of each year. At that point, the OCCSP application along with other program information will be made available.
FYI: Published Aug. 10, 2020 in the Federal Register: " For FY 2020 through 2023, FSA is revising the reimbursement amount to 50 percent of the certified organic operation's eligible expenses, up to a maximum of $500 per scope. This change is due to the limited amount of funding available and will allow a larger number of certified organic operations to receive assistance."
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