USDA offers share dollars for organic certification
Producers who paid for organic certification are eligible for reimbursement through MDARD.
Organic producers who paid for certification through the National Organic Program are eligible for up to $750, or 75 percent, of certification costs. The application and instructions can be found on the MDARD website. Based on the MDARD application, there are four possible certifications: crops, wild crops, livestock and handler/processor. You can request reimbursement for all certifications that apply.
Please visit the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for specific instructions. In order to qualify, you must complete all of the following steps:
- Complete, sign, and date the application for organic certification that occurred between Oct. 1, 2015 and Sept. 30, 2016.
- Obtain and include copies of: A) proof of certification, B) an itemized invoice of certification expenses (ex. application fees, inspection costs, travel cost for organic inspectors, etc.), and C) confirmation of payment (cancelled check or receipt).
- Make a copy of all documents for your records.
- Register as a state vendor to receive electronic funds transfer (EFT) reimbursement directly into your bank account.
- Mail your application and all required documentation to:
Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development
Attention: Josh Grant
PO Box 30017
Lansing, MI 48909
You can find the application form and instructions here.
All applications must be postmarked by Oct. 1, 2016.