Organic Certification Cost-Share Program

Wisconsin’s certified organic producers and processors can apply for the National Organic Program Organic Cost Share rebate 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.

Applications are available for download. DATCP will start accepting applications July 1, 2017.

2017 Organic Cost Share Application IRS W-9 Form

Applications also will be mailed to certified producers and processors at the end of July. if you do not recieve an application in the mail and cannot download the fillable form, contact DATCP staff at organiccostshare@wi.gov or 608-224-5095 to receive an application. The initial application deadline will be November 30, 2017.

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.