Producers and handlers who are certified as organic through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) can apply for funds to help partially offset the cost of organic certification. The funding is provided via USDA to the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) through a Cost Share Program. Producers and handlers can receive up to 75 percent of the certification cost, not to exceed $750, per year for a new organic certification or a renewal of certification.
The funds are provided to CDFA by USDA’s National Organic Program and each state receives an allocation proportional to the state’s past organic activity and the number of certified organic operations. Funds are available until they run out, so qualified producers and handlers are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
For application details provided by CDFA, click here and scroll to the “Cost Share Program” section of the page. Or, please contact David Carlson at CDFA at (916) 445-2180 ext. 3462 or firstname.lastname@example.org.