The Organic Cost-Share Program is now available for 2020!
OEFFA is pleased to administer the cost share reimbursement program for the benefit of all of Ohio’s certified producers and handlers. Cost Share reimbursement is also available through your county FSA office. The Ohio Department of Agriculture is currently in process of securing these funds, pending USDA approval.
The National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP) reimburses certification fees for both producers and handler/processors. Reimbursement is limited to 50% of certification costs, up to a maximum of $500 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, 2019 to September 30, 2020 are currently eligible to receive reimbursement. For applicants in Ohio submitting their application to OEFFA: applications must be postmarked by NOVEMBER 2, 2020.
- Application fees
- Inspection costs
- First-time USDA NOP certification fees
- Travel costs / per diem for organic inspectors
- User fees / sales assessments
- Late fees
- Inspections due to violations of NOP regulations
- Any charges related to certifications other than USDA organic
- Transitional certifications
- Materials and supplies
How To Apply
For all producers or handlers: once you have received your certificate, all of the following must be submitted:
- Completed Organic Certification Cost Share Reimbursement Application Form [includes Payee Data Record in lieu of IRS W-9 tax form]
- Copy of your Certification of Organic Operation
- Copy of invoice(s) showing the fees you paid for certification between October 1, 2019 and September 30, 2020 for certification 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:
- Organic Certification Cost-Share Program for Ohio (print ready version)