From the Dept. of Agriculture:
2011-12 Organic Certification Cost Share Program
Frequently Asked Questions
Farmers and handlers/processors certified to the National Organic Program by a USDA accredited certifier are eligible to receive a reimbursement of documented NOP certification costs incurred between October 1, 2011 and September 30, 2012.
What costs qualify? Allowable expenses include application fees, inspection costs, travel costs, user fees, sales assessments and postage. Late fees, materials and supplies, equipment and transitional certifications are not eligible.
How do I apply? Submit your application and supporting documentation to NCDA&CS by September 30, 2012.
How much am I eligible for? Payments are limited to 75% of an individual producer’s or handler/processor’s certification costs up to a maximum of $750 per certification per year. Expenses related to the certification must have been incurred between October 1, 2011 and September 30, 2012.
When is the application due? Applications must be postmarked by September 30, 2012. Incomplete applications will not be processed. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-serve basis until funds are depleted.
If I received a payment last year, can I participate this year? Yes
. Where do I apply? Apply to the state that appears on your organic certificate.
Where do I send the application? Mail to Heather Barnes, 1020 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1020 or Fax to 919-749-3337 or Email to email@example.com.