The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) recently announced that organic producers and handlers can apply for federal funds to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic certification through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP). The deadline for applications is October 31, 2019.
Producers and handlers may submit OCCSP applications to FSA county offices or they may apply through participating State agencies.
To apply through FSA, you can find an FSA county office near you with the Service Center Locator. The FSA OCCSP application form is available at USDA's eForms site, by selecting "Browse forms" and entering "OCCSP" in the "title or keywords" field on the search page.
State agencies may apply to administer OCCSP for 2019 through Grants.gov (Opportunity numbers USDA-FSA-SND-NOCCSP-2019 and USDA-FSA-SND-AMA-2019). Participating State agencies will be posted on this page once grant agreements are in place. Please note that State agencies may have a different application process than FSA; applicants should refer to their State agency's requirements and ensure they are using the correct application form before submitting their applications. Applicants cannot receive duplicate benefits from both FSA and a State agency.