February 8, 2010

Financial Assistance Available for Organic Certification

The United States Department of Agriculture has entered in to a cooperative agreement with the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Division of Plant Industry, to distribute cost-share reimbursements to organic producers and handlers. In order to qualify for this year’s reimbursement, producers and handlers must have received certification or continuation of certification by a USDA accredited certifying agent commencing October 1, 2009 through September 30, 2010.

Under the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008, cost share assistance payments are limited to 75 percent of an individual producer’s or handler’s certification costs up to a maximum of $750.00 per year. These funds will be distributed until exhausted on a first come first serve basis. The deadline for submitting application is October 31, 2010. Applications for the reimbursements should be submitted after your certification process is complete and all fees have been paid. Proof of certification and certification fees paid must be submitted with your application. For copies of the cost assistance forms, visit www.colorado.gov/ag/dpi or call Barbara Rosenbach at (303) 239-4139.