This week, the USDA announced they are again accepting applications for two different cost share programs for organic and transitional producers. The provided funds help cover the cost of organic certification and other related expenses through the Organic Transitional Education and Certification Program (OTECP) and the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP).
Producers and handlers can submit applications for the 2022 fiscal year now through October 31, 2022.
To apply, eligible operations should contact the Farm Service Agency (FSA) at their local USDA Service Center. The cost share programs are designed to reimburse costs incurred from October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2022. In addition to completing any requierd forms, applicants will need to provide documentation of their eligible expenses from this period, along with evidence of organic certification. If you need a copy of your current certificate or paid invoice, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read the full May 16, 2022 FSA news release here.