Michigan organic handlers and producers need to get their applications in for organic cost share assistance by Oct. 1, according to the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development.
Reimbursements will be made on a first-come, first-serve basis until the funds are exhausted.
All certification related expenses: including inspection fees, user fees, and certifier-required testing paid from October 1, 2010 – September 30, 2011 can be reimbursed through this application.
To qualify, an organic operation must have been inspected and certified by a National Organic Program (NOP) accredited certifying agent during this specified time period. The program provides for a 75 percent cost share of certification costs with a maximum payment of $750 per farm or operation. If an operation is certified in more than one certification category such as crops, livestock, and handler; they are eligible for reimbursement up to $750 for each category.
An application and instructions can be downloaded at http://www.michigan.gov/mdard-organic. For questions or additional information, contact Jeanette Towsley at (517) 241-2978 or via email at [email protected]
This program is offered on behalf of the USDA National Organic Cost Share Program authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill.