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Organic Certification Cost-Share Program Available





SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
NEWS RELEASE

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 20, 2016
Media Contact: Jody Heemstra, 605.773.4073

 


***This release contains a link to audio that can be downloaded.***


Organic Certification Cost-Share Program Available


PIERRE, S.D .- Organic agriculture producers and processors in South Dakota may be eligible to receive up to 75 percent reimbursement for their organic certification costs.

 

Producers may be eligible to receive reimbursement on multiple scopes within each operation. National Organic Program certification is required. Reimbursement can be for up to 75 percent of the cost, not to exceed $750, per scope.

 

“The annual cost of certification is a major expense for both new and established organic producers,” said Kimberly DeSchepper, SDDA grant and loan specialist. “Diverse operations may receive funds for up to four different scopes.” (***Download DeSchepper audio***)

 

Applications and supporting documents must be sent to SDDA for eligible certification or re-certification expenses incurred after Oct.1, 2015, and before Sept. 30, 2016. All applications will be reviewed and processed on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 15, 2016.

 

Funding for the program is provided through a cooperative agreement between SDDA and the Agricultural Marketing Service branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

 

Grant information and an application are available at http://sdda.sd.gov/grants/national-organic-program-grant/. For more information, call DeSchepper at 605.773.4516.

 

Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, generating $25.6 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 115,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect, preserve and improve this industry for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at http://sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

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