KDA News Release: Organic Farmers Encouraged to Apply for Cost Share Program
April 28, 2016, News Release from the Kansas Department of Agriculture
MANHATTAN, KAN. — Kansas organic producers or farmers interested in receiving organic certification are encouraged to apply to receive cost share funds. The National Organic Certification Cost Share Program is funded by the 2014 Farm Bill and can assist Kansas farmers in paying for organic certification or recertification.
Funds from USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will be distributed among Kansas organic producers. Under the state’s agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), farms and businesses that produce, process or package certified organic agricultural products are eligible to be reimbursed for up to 75 percent of their certification costs, or up to $750 per certification category, for certification between Oct. 1, 2015, and Sept. 30, 2016, as long as funds remain.
The application for the cost share funding, as well as other information about the program, is available on the Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) website, agriculture.ks.gov/
KDA strives to serve all Kansas farmers and is committed to encouraging economic growth of the agriculture industry, which is the state’s largest economic driver.
Information is also available from the USDA National Organic Program website athttp://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.