Who's it for?
North Carolina Farmers seeking to share costs of Organic Certification
What problem does it solve?
Before a product can be labeled USDA organic, a government-approved certifier must inspect the farm where the food is grown. This process and certification is costly.
How does it help?
The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services provides reimbursements to operations that have successfully received their initial USDA organic certification.
The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is now accepting applications for the 2016-17 program. Applications must be postmarked by October 6, 2017. Operations that have successfully received their initial USDA organic certification from a USDA-accredited certifying agent or have incurred and paid expenses related to the renewal of their USDA organic certification from a USDA-accredited certifying agent between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017 are eligible to receive reimbursements. Certified organic operations can apply for Cost Share assistance through the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) or at any Farm Service Agency (FSA) county office. There is no difference in your eligibility or reimbursement amount; however, the paperwork may differ between agencies.