MOSA provides our clients with much more than just certification.

Joe Pedretti

MOSA Outreach Manager

CERTIFICATION COST SHARE

Reduce the cost of your organic certification with the USDA Organic Certification Cost Share Program

Important Update: 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that starting March 20, 2017, organic producers and handlers will be able to visit over 2,100 USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices around the country to apply for cost-share programs that help offset the cost of receiving and maintaining organic or transitional certification.

USDA is making these changes to encourage increased participation in the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP) and the Agricultural Management Assistance Organic Certification Cost Share Program, while also providing more opportunities for organic producers to access the full range of USDA programs, such as disaster protection and loans for farms, facilities, and marketing.

MOSA will update this page as new information becomes available.

MOSA is committed to simplifying the Certification Cost Share application process and helping our clients receive their reimbursement.

What is certification cost share?

For many certified organic operations the Organic Certification Cost Share Program plays a critical role in financial planning and helps to defray costs conventional operations do not incur. In 2001 Congress allocated funding in five-year increments to reimburse certified organic producers and handlers for some of the costs of organic certification. In 2014, during the federal budget debates, the Organic Share Program nearly lost its funding, but after a down-to-the-wire Congressional debate, the program was renewed and fully funded ($11.5 million) for five years. Throughout the debate MOSA consistently advocated to keep Organic Cost Share. From time to time, since the Organic Cost Share Program began, there has been some debate whether Organic Cost Share is a “government hand-out.” In the 2014 final decision, Congress recognized the organic industry as a significant and growing economic sector. Funded at the federal level, the program is typically administered by individual state Cost Share Programs—most often through agriculture departments.

Who is eligible?

The USDA Organic Cost Share Program describes: To be eligible for organic cost share, operations must possess USDA organic certification or be actively seeking organic certification at the time of application. To be eligible: 1) During the grant period of performance [October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016], the organic operation must have paid fees/expenses related to its initial certification, be actively seeking its initial certification, and have obtained certification from a USDA-accredited certifying agent. or 2) During the grant period of performance, the organic operation must have paid expenses/fees related to the renewal or be actively seeking renewal of its USDA organic certification from a USDA-accredited certifying agent. (From Fiscal Year 2016 USDA / American Marketing Service Organic Cost Share Certification Programs Funding Opportunity document, p. 16)

How much is reimbursed?

For most states, the amount reimbursed depends upon: 1) the amount the certified organic operation has incurred and paid in allowable organic certification costs from October 1 through September 30 and 2) number of categories or “scopes” for which an operation is certified. Some states do not require that the costs be both incurred and paid between October 1 and September 30--just paid. Check your state Cost Share Program and application for requirements. Allowable costs include certification and inspection fees. An organic operation can be reimbursed up to 75 percent for each category or “scope” of certification with a maximum reimbursement of $750.00 per scope. Examples of organic certification scopes include crop, livestock, wild crop, and handler. An organic operation certified for crop only that pays $1,000.00 in certification costs between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016 can expect $750.00 in cost share reimbursement. An organic operation certified in crop, livestock, and wild crop that pays $3,000.00 in allowable costs between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016 can expect $2,250.00 in Cost Share reimbursement. Typical costs include paid certification fees and inspection fees. Late fees are not reimbursable. The state Cost Share program determines the reimbursement amount.

What is the process?

Most states send out their cost share application packets in June - July. The application is typically one-page and includes a required W-9 form. You may have to contact your state’s Organic Cost Share program to request an application—particularly if newly certified. Some states require that the applicant include a copy of the organic certificate. If you operation is newly certified between October 1, 2015 and September 2016, you’ll need to include a copy of your organic certificate with your Cost Share application. MOSA keeps a copy of the each state’s Cost Share application. If you need a copy, let us know.

When will you receive your cost share payment?

Some states reimburse on a first-come, first serve basis; some states wait until November - December to distribute reimbursements.

Does MOSA help?

MOSA is committed to simplifying the application process and helping our clients receive their reimbursement. We work closely with the individual state Cost Share programs, making sure that each state has a list of actively certified clients and paid fee information. Clients have asked whether MOSA completes the cost share applications or sends out the reimbursements. MOSA does not complete, submit, accept, or process cost share applications. The applicant must complete and send the application to the state Cost Share Program.

When to apply?

For most states the application deadline is October 31, 2016. However, application deadlines vary from state to state and can be earlier than October 31; for some states the Cost Share application process is ongoing without formal deadlines. If you will be applying for Organic Cost Share, it’s best to confirm your state’s Cost Share application deadline and application requirements by contacting your state Cost Share Program directly. Below is the list of state contacts and application deadlines for MOSA-certified organic operations. If you can’t reach your state Cost Share contact or need the state’s website address, please contact MOSA. Utah does not participate in Organic Cost Share. For more detailed information about Organic Cost Share, visit the National Organic Program. MOSA staff is always happy to answer your questions about cost share and the application process and help you as needed. Feel free to call us 608-637-2526.

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COST SHARE CONTACT INFO BY STATE

(subject to change)

CALIFORNIA

Sharon Parsons
California Department of Food and Agriculture
1220 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
P: (916) 900-5202
Email:SParsons@cdfa.ca.gov

ILLINOIS

Jeff Squibb Illinois Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Marketing and Promotions
801 E. Sangamon Avenue
Springfield, IL 62702
P:(217) 524-9129
Email: jeff.squibb@illinois.gov
Application Deadline: 11/1/2016

INDIANA

Tammy Butts or Beth Goeb
Indiana Department of Agriculture
One North Capital Ave, Suite 600
Indianapolis, IN 46204
P:(317) 232-8335 or (317) 232-8334
Email:tabutts@lg.IN.gov or bgoeb@lg.IN.gov
Cost Share WebsiteApplication Deadline: 10/15/2016

IOWA

Maury Wills or Tammy Stotts
IA Dept. of Ag and Land Stewardship
Wallace State Office Building
Des Moines, IA 50319
P: 515-281-5783 F: 515-281-6236
E-mail: maury.wills@idals.state.ia.us
tommy.stotts@iowaagriculture.gov
Application Deadline: 11/15/2016

KANSAS

Josh Roe
Kansas Department of Agriculture
109 Southwest 9th Street, 4th Floor
Topeka, KS 66612
P: (785) 368-6463
C: (785) 410-0958
Email: Josh.Roe@kda.ks.gov
Application Deadline: 10/31/2016

MARYLAND

Deanna Baldwin
Maryland Department of Agriculture
50 Harry South Truman Parkway
Annapolis, MD 21401
P: (410) 841-5769
F: (410) 841-2750
E-mail: Deanna.Baldwin@maryland.gov

MASSACHUCETTS

Mary Jordan
Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources
251 Causeway Street, Suite 500
Boston, MA 02114
P: (617) 626-1700 F: (617) 626-1850
E-mail: Mary.Jordan@state.ma.u

MICHIGAN

Robin Rosenbaum or Josh Grant
MI Dept. of Agriculture
P.O. Box 30017
Lansing, MI 48909
Robin Rosenbaum - P: 517-335-6542
Email: rosenbaumr@michigan.gov
Josh Grant - 517-284-5789; F: 517-335-4540
Email: grantj5@michigan.gov
Application Deadline: 10/1/2016

MINNESOTA

Meg Moynihan
Minnesota Dept. of Ag.
625 N. Robert Street
St. Paul, MN 55155
P: 651-201-6616 F: 651-201-6120
E-mail: meg.moynihan@state.mn.us
Application Deadline: 10/31/2016

MISSOURI

Cindy Thompson
Organic Certification Cost-Share Program
PO Box 630 - Jefferson City, MO 65102-0630
573-51-7794
Email: cindy.thompson@mda.mo.gov
Application Deadline: 10/31/2016

MONTANA

Breanna Caldwell
MT Dept. of Agriculture
P.O. Box 200201
Helena, MT 59620-0201
P: 406-444-3730 F: 406-444-7336
E-mail: dcrabtree@state.mt.gov
Application Deadline: 10/15/2016

NEBRASKA

Steve Martin
NE Dept. of Agriculture
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509-4947
P: 800-422-6692 F: 402-471-6863
E-mail: steve.martin@nebraska.gov
Application Deadline: 11/15/2016

NEW JERSEY

Anne Marie Ference Or Debra McCluskey
New Jersey Department of Agriculture
369 South Warren Street
Trenton, NJ 08608
P: (609) 777-0098 or (609) 984-2225
F: (609) 984-2508
E-mail: Anne.Marie.Ference@ag.state.nj.us
or Debra.McCluskey@ag.state.nj.us
Application Deadline: 11/16/2016

NEW YORK

Anne St. Cyr
NY Dept. of Ag & Markets
10 B Airline Drive
Albany, NY 12235A
E-mail: Anne.St.Cyr@agriculture.ny.gov
Application Deadline: 10/31/2016

NORTH CAROLINA

Heather Barnes
Marketing Specialist
1020 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1020
P: 919-707-3127 F: 919-715-0155
E-mail: heather.barnes@ncagr.gov
Application Deadline: 9/30/2016

NORTH DAKOTA

Emily Edund
North Dakota Dept. of Agriculture
600 E. Boulevard Ave. - #602
Bismarck, ND 58505-0020
P: 701-328-4759; 800-242-7535 F: 701-328-4567
E-mail: edlund@nd.gov
Application Deadline: 10/31/2016

OHIO

OEFFA, Attn: Organic Cost Share
41 Croswell Road
Columbus, OH 43214
614-262-2022; x. 222; x 226
Email: ccameron@oeffa.org; samira@oeffa.org
Application Deadline: 10/31/2016

PENNSYLVANIA

Jared Grissinger or Kyle Heffner
PA Dept. of Agriculture
2301 N. Cameron St.
Harrisburg, PA 17110-9408
P: 717-705-9513 F: 717-787-5643
Email: Jared Grissinger - jgrissinge@state.pa.us
Email: Kyle Heffner - kyheffner@pa.gov
Application Deadline: 11/16/2016

SOUTH DAKOTA

Ty Eschenbaum
South Dakota Dept. of Agriculture
523 East Capitol
Pierre, SD 57501
P: 605-773-5436; 800-228-5254 F: 605-773-3481
E-mail: ty.eschenbaum@state.sd.us
Application Deadline: 11/15/2016

WISCONSIN

Juli Speck, Grants Manager
WI Dept. of Ag. Trade, & Consumer Protection
P.O. Box 8911
Madison, WI 53708-8911
P: 608-224-5134
E-mail: Juli.Speck@wisconsin.gov
Application Deadline: 10/31/2016

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