2014 Organic Certification Cost Share Programs (OCCSP)
Organic operators can receive up to 75 percent of their certification costs paid during October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014 not to exceed $750 per certification scope. Two organic certification cost share programs are offered in 2014.
National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP)
The NOCCSP is available to producers and handlers (e.g., all scopes of certification) in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, the American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marina Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, and the United States Virgin Islands. The program provides $11.5 million dollars of assistance per fiscal year 2014 through 2018. Unused funds may be rolled into the next fiscal year.
Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Organic Certification Cost Share Program
The AMA is available to producers (only crop and livestock operators) in 16 states that have a historically low participation rate in the Federal Crop Insurance Program. The 16 states designated by Congress in the AMA include: Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming. The program provides $1.5 million in assistance per fiscal year 2014 through 2018. All funds must be used within the fiscal year in which they are allocated.
Traditionally, AMA funds have been allocated for certification costs incurred in the following fiscal year. For example, FY 13 funds ($1,352,850) were allocated for use on certification costs incurred in FY 14 (October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014). However, to provide reimbursements in a timely manner and streamline the reporting process, FY 14 funds ($1.5M) will be allocated for use on certifications incurred in FY 14 (October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014). This means more funds will be available to these states for certifications occurring in FY 14.
Note: Producers in the AMA states are eligible for reimbursement under both the NOCCSP and the AMA; however, State Agencies should exhaust AMA funds prior to using NOCCSP funds. Additionally, producers receiving reimbursement for certification costs under the AMA are not eligible for reimbursement for the same certification costs under the NOCCSP and vice versa.