July 2018
Farm & Field

Help for Certified Organic Producers

 

Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries is accepting applications for USDA organic cost-share reimbursement program.

Alabama growers and handlers of organic agricultural products can recover part of the cost associated with their U.S. Department of Agriculture certification. The reimbursement covers 75 percent of certification costs, up to a maximum of $750.

The cost-share program makes it easier for certified organic businesses throughout the supply chain by recouping the costs associated with USDA organic certification.

The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries will administer this noncompetitive grant program by processing applications for cost-share funds and issuing reimbursements to eligible applicants.

"We encourage organic producers to participate in this program and hope it will recoup some of the expenses associated with becoming a USDA certified organic operation," said Commissioner John McMillan.

ADAI distributes funds on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted. The rebates are available to cover certification expenses paid from Oct. 1, 2016, to Sept. 30, 2017, or for the period of Oct. 1, 2017, to Sept. 30, 2018.

Application forms and additional details can be obtained by calling Johnny Blackmon, with ADAI, at 334-240-7257 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Applicants may also apply at local USDA Farm Service Agency offices. To locate the office nearest you, search https://offices.usda.gov/.

All applications must be submitted by Sept. 30, 2018.