Organic farmers urged to apply for cost share program
— Maryland farmers and processors with organic certifications are now eligible for cost share reimbursement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Organic Certification Cost Share Program.
The program is funded by the 2014 Farm Bill and can assist Maryland farmers in paying for
organic certification or recertification.
“This is a great opportunity for all Maryland farmers interested in organic certification,” said Maryland Agriculture Secretary Joe Bartenfelder in a statement. “With strong demand for organic products, this program will provide a boost to our rural econo- mies and provide all Marylanders with more access to fresh, local products.”
Farms and businesses that produce, process or package certified organic agricultural products are eligible to be reimbursed for up to 75 percent of their costs — up to $750 per scope — for certification between Oct. 1, 2015, and Sept. 30, 2016. The application for the cost share funding, as well as other information about the program, is available on the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s website.
The Cost Share Program is part of the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service, and will provide over $10 million of assistance in Fis- cal Year 2016. Reimbursements will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until funding is exhausted.
Questions may be directed to Deanna Baldwin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-8415769. Information also is available on the USDA National Organic Program website.