Well some of you have seen a story that speaks about funds for organic
farmers no longer available to Michigan's organic farmers. I contacted
Colleen Collier from MDA to clarify and here is here response, the
bottom line is that was a one time only funding that we do not have
again, but the 2007 Farm Bill has NOT been signed and if cost share for
certification is available will be decided once the bill is signed, so
we wait. But with the current text in the 2007 we should receive some
money to assist with the cost of certification.


Here is what Colleen indicates.

It appears that the Farm News story is referencing the AMA cost share
program.  This program is limited to 15 designated States.


Michigan participated in the National cost share program, which is not
the same as above. This program was authorized by the 2002 farm bill as
a one time fund allotment to be used until exhausted.  Original
allocations of National program funds to States were based upon
estimated number of organic farmers / handlers per State.  Subsequent
allocations were based upon history of fund use.


Currently the 2007 farm bill includes a provision reauthorizing funds
for the National cost share program.  As you may know, this farm bill
has not been finalized nor signed by the President.  Essentially it is
"proposed" and not final.  What evolves from this process remains
uncertain, but another round of funds for the National program is being




Vicki Morrone

Organic Vegetable and Crop Outreach Specialist

Michigan State University

C.S. Mott Sustainable Food Systems

303 Natural Resources Bldg.

East Lansing, MI 48824


517-282-3557 (cell)

517-353-3834 (fax)

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