Financial Assistance Available for Organic Certification Fees
Organic California avocado growers can now apply for federal funds designed to help alleviate the cost of organic certification. The National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP) funds are available through the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) State Organic Program.
The Cost Share program will refund up to 75 percent or $750 of the organic certification fees for any eligible California operation that has received or renewed organic certification between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016. The deadline for submitting Cost Share applications is October 31, 2016. Applications are approved on a “first received, first approved” basis and may take 6 – 8 weeks to approve.
The application and forms can be downloaded from the CDFA website. To complete the application, organic growers must submit the following:
- Cost Share application
- Copy of organic certification document
- Copies of all associated organic certification and inspection expense receipts
- Payee Data Record form
The above materials must be sent to the following address:
CDFA — State Organic Program
Cost Share Reimbursement
ATTN: Sharon Parsons
1220 N. Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Other helpful Cost Share information is available at the links below:
For additional information, contact Sharon Parsons at 916.900.5202 or firstname.lastname@example.org.