USDA announces organic cost-share funds, organic groups unimpressed

The USDA has funds available to assist in the cost of certification for organic producers and handlers, but organic groups say more could be done.

The Organic Certification Cost Share Program can cover up to 50 percent of certified operations eligible expenses up to $500.  The agency says FSA has revised the amount to allow a larger number of operations to receive the funds and says they might provide additional funding if authorized by Congress.

The National Organic Coalition and Organic Farmers Association say they’re outraged by the reduction in the reimbursements.  They point to the 2018 Farm Bill setting rates at 75 percent of the certified organic operation’s eligible expenses, up to a maximum of $750.  The groups say during the pandemic operations need support more than ever and the agency’s actions are unwarranted and unacceptable.

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