The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources has received authorization from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to reimburse certified organic crop and livestock producers.
Reimbursements are limited to 75 percent of an individual organic crop and livestock producer's certification costs, up to a maximum of $750 per certificate or category of certification, for the program year. Three categories of certification eligible for reimbursement under the AMS cost share program are crops, wild crops and livestock.
Applicants must successfully receive their first organic certification from a USDA-accredited certifying agent or have incurred expenses related to the renewal of certification between October 1, 2012, and September 30, 2013, thus the 2013 federal fiscal year.
For more information and a copy of the Organic Cost Share Reimbursement Forms, please visit www.mass.gov/eea/docs/agr/markets/organic-cost-share-certification-program.pdf