The Iowa Organic Association (IOA) will be delivering a webinar on Wednesday, October 14th from 12 - 1 p.m. CST about the UDSA National Organic Program’s (NOP) Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP). Amanda Weigel, the Agriculture Program Specialist with the Farm Service Agency (FSA) will be discussing OCCSP, eligibility for reimbursement, how to apply and any questions you may have about the program and process. The FSA is the fiscal agent charged with administering the OCCSP. There is an October 31 deadline for applying for cost share reimbursement.
The OCCSP provides cost-share assistance to producers and handlers of agricultural products for the costs of obtaining or maintaining organic certification under the USDA National Organic Program. Eligible producers include any organic producers or handlers who have paid organic certification fees to a USDA-accredited certifying agent.
In 2018, only 373 of 900+ Iowa organic operations applied for cost-share assistance for a total of $270.000.
You must RSVP to join this webinar, there is no cost to participate. Register below or click here