USDA Organic Cost Share Programs. Due: 7/15/22. $244K Available.
Organic Cost Share Programs
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Farm Service Agency (FSA), requests applications for the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP) and the Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Organic Certification Cost Share Program, collectively referred to as the OCCSP, for fiscal year (FY) 2022. The purpose of the OCCSP awards is to defray the costs of receiving and maintaining organic certification.
In FY 2022, the available funding for these two programs is approximately $7 million for the NOCCSP and $943,000 for the AMA. FSA awards the OCCSP funds to eligible State Agencies* that serve as administering entities, to reimburse organic operations for specific organic certification costs.
This is the initial request for applications, which outlines the eligibility and performance criteria for State Agencies seeking NOCCSP and AMA funding in FY 2022. For eligible certification costs incurred from October 1, 2021, through September 30, 2022, organic operations may request reimbursement until November 1, 2022, unless the State Agency requests and receives approval for a different application deadline. The State Agencies may provide reimbursements to certified organic operators for 50% of the operation’s total allowable certification costs, up to a maximum of $500 per certification scope: crops, livestock, wild crops, handling (i.e., processing), and State Organic Program fees. If additional funding is authorized for FY 2022, FSA and State Agencies may amend the FY 2022 grant agreements to provide additional funds and increase the payment amounts for certified operations.
The Agricultural Management Assistance Organic Certification Cost Share (AMA) is authorized under the Federal Crop Insurance Act (FCIA), as amended (7 U.S.C. 1524). Under this authority, Congress authorizes USDA to provide organic certification cost share assistance only to producers of agricultural products who are obtaining certification under the National Organic Program within the following 16 States: Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
July 15, 2022
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