Organic Certification 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) 2021. The purpose of the OCCSP awards is to defray the costs of receiving and maintaining organic certification. In FY 2021, the available funding for these two programs is approximately $6 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 2021. For eligible certification costs incurred from October 1, 2020, through September 30, 2021, organic operations may re...
- State governments