TRENTON, N.J. — The New Jersey Department of Agriculture is reminding organic producers that the deadline to apply for a federal grant to reduce organic certification costs is approaching.
Through the USDA Agricultural Marketing Assistance Organic Certification Cost Share Program, each qualified producer of organic products is eligible for a reimbursement of up to 75 percent of its costs of certification not to exceed $750.
Certification costs include fees and charges levied by the certifying agent for certification activities.
To qualify for reimbursement under this program, an organic producer must have been certified or incurred expenses for the continuation of certification during the period of Oct. 1, 2012, and Sept. 30, 2013. Certification must be through a USDA-accredited certifying agent.
In the event that demand exceeds the amount of funds allocated to New Jersey, applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Operations may receive one reimbursement per certification or category of certification per year.
Applications must be received by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture no later than Nov. 19. Applications and more information are available at www.nj.gov/agriculture/grants/organiccostshare.html. Contact Debra McCluskey with any questions at 609-984-2225 or Debra.McCluskeyag.state.nj.us.