Organic Farming and Food

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Programs and Activities

Note: The application deadline for Organic Cost Share Reimbursements has been extended through December 15, 2020 ​or until funds are exhausted. Deadline updates will be posted.

Application materials:

OCS Application


IRS W9 Form

Press Release

FYI: Published Aug. 10, 2020 ​in the Federal Register related to a decrease in Cost Share Reimbursements for FY 2020 (previously up to​ 75% of eligible costs​ and $750 per operation)​​: "​​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. If additional funding is authorized at a later time, FSA may provide additional assistance to certified operations that have applied for OCCSP, not to exceed 75 percent of their eligible costs, up to $750 per scope.​​"

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.

For Fiscal Years 2020-2023, 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 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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