NM Organic Certification Cost-Share Reimbursement Program

New Mexico Department of Agriculture


Grant amount: Up to US $750

Anticipated deadline: Oct 31, 2019

Applicant type: For-Profit Business Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: New Mexico

Location of residency: New Mexico

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Overview:

The 2014 Farm Bill funded Cost-Share Reimbursement for organic certification costs for five years beginning in 2014. The cost-share program reimburses 75% of annual certification expenses (application fees, assessments) for each organic certificate, to a maximum of $750/certificate/year.

Depending on the funding received from the USDA, there may not be sufficient funds to reimburse every organic operation; reimbursements will be issued in the order applications are received until the funds are exhausted.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • The Organic Cost-Share Program is a federal program, funded by the 2014 Farm Bill, to reimburse producers and processors for 75% of the cost of organic certification, up to $750.
  • If you have more than one certification (e.g. crop and processor) you may apply for EACH current certificate, but you must complete a separate application for each certified operation
  • You must have a current organic certificate to be eligible.
  • You must apply to be reimbursed.
  •  All certified organic New Mexico businesses are eligible for reimbursement as long as they have successfully completed the certification process and have a current certificate from a USDA-accredited certifier.
  • Allowed reimbursement costs for certification include:
    • application fees,
    • inspection fees,
    • user fees,
    • postage, and
    • assessments.

Ineligibility:

  •  Late fees and charges relating to violations of the organic standards are not eligible expenses.