Organic Farming and Food

​​​​​​​​​​​​Organic Cer​tification 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 org​anic learning opportunities. 

​Organic Certification Cost Share Program

Note: The application period for the Organic Cost Share Program is open through October 31, 2022.

OCCSP Application

OCCSP Frequently Asked Questions

The program 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 t​hat 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 proc​ess of becoming certified organic to USDA National Organic Program (NOP) standards in the appropriate time period, and
  • The certified operation is located in Wisconsin.

Reimbursable certification costs must be receipted by the certifying agency during the period of October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2022 (2022 federal fiscal year). They can include any certification related expenses paid to the certifying agency including inspection and user fees. Late fees, membership dues, and penalties are not eligible for reimbursement. Applications should be submitted by October 31, 2022 to guarantee reimbursement.

To apply, fill out and submit the completed application below and supporting documentation to DATCP-DAD Organic Cost Share Program through one of the following methods:

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 WI Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection. (DATCP).

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 ​a​mount of funding available and will allow a larger number of certified organic operations to receive assistance."

Organic Consumer Guide

Organic Consumer Guide and other promotional and educational materials that support the growth of organic food production and sales in Wisconsin.


Organic Advisory Council

Twelve-member Council provides guidance to the Secretary of Agriculture, the Governor, the Legislature, and other state agencies on actions that can be taken to further the Wisconsin organic industry.


Publications

Wisconsin Local Food Marketing Guide

A 106-page guide for food producers interested in entering local food markets​


Contact​

Andrew Bernhardt​
Organic Agriculture Programs Specialist
(608) 572-0512
andrew.bernhardt@wisconsi​n.gov