USDA grants over $500K to Agency of Agriculture to reimburse organic producers for certification costs
August 1, 2023 | Montpelier, VT - The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) is pleased to announce that the Farm Service Agency (FSA) of the USDA has awarded $577,325 to the State of Vermont as a part of the Organic Certification Cost Share Program. The application is now open for certified operations to apply for these funds.
Certified organic operations may receive reimbursement of up to 75% of their direct certification costs paid between October 1 and September 30 annually, not to exceed $750 per certification scope. There are up to four eligible certification scopes (crops, livestock, wild crops, and handling), which must be individually inspected for organic certification to be eligible for reimbursement. Many organic producers and processors have suffered losses during this years frost and flooding events. This cost share program will help many of those with recovery and viability for the future.
Reimbursable costs include application fees; inspection fees, including travel costs and per diem for organic inspectors; USDA organic certification costs; user fees/sale assessments; and postage. Funds are available on a first come, first served basis.
Application deadline is November 1, 2023.
To learn more and apply, please visit: https://agriculture.vermont.gov/grants/organiccostshare