U.S. government to cost share organic certification

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OrganicBiz staff

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is making $11.6 million available to help wannabe organic growers in that country go through the certification process.

“The organic market is booming, with more and more producers taking advantage of the economic opportunities it presents,” said Agricultural Marketing Service Administrator Elanor Starmer said in a release. “The cost-share program makes it easier for organic businesses throughout the supply chain to get certified, helping them meet growing consumer demand.”

The funding, which covers as much as 75 per cent of an individual applicant’s certification costs, up to a maximum of $750 annually per certification scope, is provided primarily through the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program but program details vary in different states.