Opportunity to receive partial reimbursement of cost of certification.  If you were certified b/t Oct 1, 2007-Sept 8, 2008 you can apply for this cost-share of the fees which you paid for organic certification. The application is simple (one page) and the return is very good, up to 75% of what you paid. Do not apply for any other period (before or after this time frame)  but the one stated as your application will NOT be accepted. To qualify for cost share: Just complete the application (link at bottom of this email) and provide documentation of a photocopy of your receipt and certificate. Address is at bottom of this email too.


If your farm was certified AFTER Sept 8, 2008 you will need to wait for the NEXT phase which will occur after the completion of this call for application. 


Vicki Morrone

Organic Vegetable and Crop Outreach Specialist

Michigan State University

C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems

303 Natural Resources Bldg.

East Lansing, MI 48824


517-282-3557 (cell)

517-353-3834 (fax)

For information on organic agriculture production please visit:

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Subject: Fwd: Release: Organic Certification Funds Available forProducers/Handlers


And more info for you all, also involving the Farm Bill.  


Ginger Bardenhagen


>>> MDA-NewsRelease MDA-NewsRelease 5/11/2009 12:33 PM >>>


For Immediate Release

May 11, 2009

Contact:  Jennifer Holton, 517-241-2485 or [log in to unmask]

 Organic Certification Funds Available for Producers/Handlers

Application deadline is June 8


LANSING- Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA) Director Don Koivisto

announced today the department recently signed a cooperative agreement

with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to distribute

federal fundsfor the National Organic Program (NOP) to Michigan organic

handlers/producers for reimbursement of certification costs. The actual

cost share amount will be based on a percentage of the total the

applicant paid for NOP certification.


*In these tough economic times, Michigan producers and handlers will

benefit from the reimbursement funds being provided by USDA,* said

Koivisto.  *Michigan*s agriculture industry has continued to be

vital to the state*s economic revitalization and our organic industry

continues to show steady growth within Michigan.*


This program was authorized by the 2007 farm bill and will reimburse

organic handlers/producers for up to 75 percent of the cost of

certification not to exceed $750.  The current reimbursement program is

for the period October 1, 2007 through September 30, 2008.   MDA will

only accept applications received on or before the June 8, 2009



Organic handlers/producers are required to submit a completed

application, along with the required support documentation, to receive

reimbursement for the certification costs.


For more information or to obtain an application on the Organic Cost

Share Program, please visit  MDA*s web site at,1607,7-125-1569_25516---,00.htmlor call

(517) 241-2978.


MDA is the official state agency charged with serving, promoting, and

protecting the food, agriculture and agriculture economic interest of

the people of the state of Michigan.  MDA programs serve all sectors of

agriculture, which is Michigan*s second largest industry.



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