Organic Farming and Food


​​​Our job

Our job is to build the capacity and expertise of Wisconsin organic food businesses and organizations to help bring more Wisconsin organic food products to market to fulfill growing consumer demand.

Our methods

  • One-on-one outreach & technical assistance (phone, email, farm visits, conference & field day presentations/booths)
  • Coordination of the Organic Advisory Council
  • Partnering with other agencies to support research and educational programs
  • Administration of the federal Organic Certification Cost Share program

Programs and Activities

Organic Certification Cost-Share Program

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 that sell, process, or package certified organic agricultural products are eligible to receive 75% of certification-related costs incurred, with a maximum of $750 per operation or category 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 , and
  • The certified operation is located in Wisconsin.

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).

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.


Wisconsin Local Food Marketing Guide

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

Status Report

Organic Agriculture in Wisconsin: 2017 Status Report

Report compiled in conjunction with the Center for Intergrated Agriculture Systems.


Kara Kasten-Olson
(608) 224-5112​​

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