The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) State Organic Program (SOP) is pleased to announce a federal funding opportunity of 12.5 Million dollars for fiscal year 2017-18 for eligible applicants under the Organic Cost Share Program (OCCSP). The SOP has applied to the Farm Service Agency (FSA) under the United States Department of Agriculture to assist in distribution of these funds. This money will assist organic producers and handlers by offsetting costs related to SOP registration, certification, and transitional (fees paid to certifiers as producers transition their practices to organic).The cost-share payments cannot exceed 75% of costs up to a maximum of $750.00 dollars per producer/handler for each scope (registration, certification, transitional) applied for.
The FSA in addition to administering the program will also be directly accepting applications for reimbursement of funds. Operations will be subject to the same eligibility criteria and calculation of cost share payments regardless of whether they apply though the SOP or FSA local office.
For eligibility requirements and further details please visit the following website https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/is/i_&_c/organic.html or you may contact the SOP at (916) 900-5030.