MO Organic Certification Cost Share Program

Missouri Department of Agriculture


Grant amount: Up to US $750

Anticipated deadline: Dec 1, 2018

Applicant type: For-Profit Business Nonprofit Working Professional

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Missouri

Location of residency: Missouri

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Overview:

Note: Applications will be accepted through the deadline above. Based on the receipt of the completed application packet by the Missouri Department of Agriculture, reimbursements will be on a first-come, first-served basis until the limited program funds are exhausted.

MO Organic Certification Cost Share Program

The Missouri Department of Agriculture has funds available for the 2017 National Organic Certification Cost Share Program through funds provided by the United States Department of Agriculture. The program will provide cost share assistance to organic producers and handlers receiving certification or continuation of certification by a USDA accredited certifying agency starting October 1, 2016, and ending September 30, 2017. Under the Act, cost share assistance payments are limited to 75 percent of an individual producer's or handler's certification costs, with a maximum of $750 per certification or category of certification per year. The National Organic Program (NOP) currently recognizes four categories of certification: crops, wild crops, livestock and processing/handling. Operations may receive one reimbursement per certificate or category of certification per year. Each certificate may be reimbursed separately. Likewise, each category of certification may be reimbursed separately. 

Allowable Costs

Payments are limited to 75 percent of an individual producer's or handler's certification costs up to a maximum of $750 per certification or category of certification per year. The NOP currently recognizes four categories of certification: crops, wild crops, livestock and processing/handling. Operations may receive one reimbursement per certificate or category of certification per year. Each certificate may be reimbursed separately. Likewise, each category of certification may be reimbursed separately. No other direct costs are permitted. 

  • Application fees 
  • Inspection fees, including travel costs and per diem for organic inspectors
  • Certification costs, including fees necessary to access international markets with which AMS has equivalency agreements or arrangements
  • User fees/sale assessments
  • Postage

Any accredited certifying agency can certify farms in any state, as long as they have the appropriate business licenses for that state.

First-Time Applicants/Newly Certified Operations and Renewal Applicants

Once an operation receives proof of USDA organic certification from an accredited certifying agency the applicant may apply for reimbursement to the state agency. Reimbursements may not be processed until the applicant is granted certification. For operations that maintain organic certification, the applicant must submit a request for reimbursement to their state agency after they incur expenses. Only allowable expenses incurred within the eligible federal fiscal year (10/1/16 to 9/30/17) can be reimbursed. Applicants should keep records of all invoices and payments for certification-related expenses.

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Eligibility:

  • To be eligible for reimbursement in the current fiscal year, applicants must successfully receive their first organic certification or have incurred expenses related to the renewal of certification by a USDA accredited certifying agency between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017.
  • The organic production or handling operation must be located within Missouri, comply with the USDA National Organic Program regulations for organic production or handling and have received certification or continuation of certification by a USDA-accredited certifying agency between the eligible dates.
  • Allowable Costs:
    • Application fees
    • Inspection fees, including travel costs and per diem for organic inspectors
    • Certification costs, including fees necessary to access international markets with which AMS has equivalency agreements or arrangements
    • User fees/sale assessments
    • Postage

Ineligibility:

  • Unallowable Costs:
    • Inspections due to violations of USDA Organic regulations
    • Charges related to non-USDA organic certifications
    • Transitional certifications
    • Other labeling programs
    • Materials, supplies, & equipment
    • Late fees
    • Membership fees
    • Consultant fees