–(Michelle Mielke) - Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said that applications are
now being accepted for reimbursement of organic certification costs
through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program for fiscal year
farmers, ranchers, processors and handlers can receive up to $750 of
the organic certification costs paid between Oct. 1, 2016 and Sept.
30, 2017,” Goehring said.
assures consumers that products are produced by recognized organic
methods. Certification enables organic producers and processors to
label and sell their products with a federal organic seal. Such
products typically command a higher price in the marketplace.
must provide a 2017 cost share application form, a copy of a dated
certificate or letter from a certifier verifying certification
between Oct. 1, 2016 and Sept. 30, 2017, an itemized statement
showing payment between October 1, 2016 and Sept. 30, 2017, and
a completed IRS W-9 Form for new
applicants. Applications must be
postmarked by October 31, 2017 but are reimbursed on a first-come,
first-serve basis until funds are depleted.
who are certified by International Certification Services or the
Organic Crop Improvement Association Chapter 1 should apply for
reimbursement through the certifier. These organizations certify most
North Dakota organic producers. All other producers should contact
Edlund at the North Dakota Department of Agriculture at 701-328-2191
said the program provides North Dakota producers with $229,000 for
certification reimbursement for 2017.
information, including program guidelines and application forms, are
available on the North Dakota Department of Agriculture website at
applicants that do not wish to apply through the North Dakota
Department of Agriculture can request assistance from the Farm