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The Organic Cost-Share Program is now available for 2017!

OEFFA is pleased to administer the cost share reimbursement program for the benefit of all of Ohio's certified producers and handlers.

 

The National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP) reimburses certification fees for both producers and handler/processors.  Reimbursement is limited to 75% of certification costs, up to a maximum of $750 per certificate or category (scope) of certification, per year.  Four categories of certification are eligible for reimbursement under the NOCCSP: crops, wild crops, livestock, and handler.

Allowable and Unallowable Certification Costs

Producers and handlers who incur annual costs to begin or renew their organic certification during the period October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017 are currently eligible to receive reimbursement. For applicants in Ohio submitting their application to OEFFA: applications must be postmarked by November 15, 2017.

Allowable Costs

  • Application fees
  • Inspection costs
  • First-time USDA NOP certification fees
  • Travel costs / per diem for organic inspectors
  • User fees / sales assessments
  • Postage

Unallowable Costs

  • Late fees
  • Inspections due to violations of NOP regulations
  • Any charges related to certifications other than USDA organic
  • Transitional certifications
  • Materials and supplies
  • Equipment

 

How To Apply

 

For new producers or handlers: once you have received your certificate, all of the following must be submitted:


1.  Completed Organic Certification Cost Share Reimbursement Application Form [includes Payee Data Record in lieu of IRS W-9 tax form]
2.  Copy of your Certification of Organic Operation
3.  Copy of invoice(s) showing the fees you paid for certification between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017 forcertification expenses eligible for reimbursement (see above). Invoices must be marked paid by the certifying agent and a zero (0) balance due.


For renewing producers and handlers:
you may submit your request for reimbursement before you receive this year’s certificate. Once you have your paid invoice(s), all of the following items must be submitted:


1.   Completed Organic Certification Cost Share Reimbursement Application Form) [includes Payee Data Record in lieu of IRS W-9 tax form]
2.  Copy of your most recent Certification of Organic Operation
3.  Copy of invoice(s) showing the fees you paid for certification between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017 forcertification expenses eligible for reimbursement (see above). Invoices must be marked paid by the certifying agent and a zero (0) balance due.

State of Ohio

Please download the application with instructions to apply:

 

Outside of Ohio

If you are interested in taking part in this program, please contact your state agency for more information:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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