About the Cost-Share Program
The 2002 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.
The program provides for a 75 percent 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 percent 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.