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Organic Certification Cost-Share Program Available





SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
NEWS RELEASE

 

For Immediate Release: July 25, 2012

Media Contact: Ty Eschenbaum, (605) 773-5146

 

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.

 

“The annual cost of certification is a major expense for both new and established organic producers,” said Ty Eschenbaum, value-added marketing specialist with the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA).

 

To help minimize organic certification costs, SDDA is offering a 75 percent cost-share reimbursement program.  Any organic producer or handler may receive up to $750 per qualified scope per year.

 

Reimbursement applications and supporting documents must be sent to SDDA for eligible certification or re-certification expenses incurred after Oct.1, 2011, and before Sept. 30, 2012.  All applications will be reviewed and processed on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 15, 2012.

 

Program guidelines and applications are available online at www.sdda.sd.gov/AgDevelopment or will be sent upon request.

 

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.

 

For more information or to receive an application form, contact SDDA at 605-773-5146 or  email ty.eschenbaum@state.sd.us

 

Agriculture is South Dakota's No. 1 industry, generating more than $21 billion in annual economic activity and employing more than 173,000 South Dakotans.  The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect, preserve and improve the industry for today and tomorrow.  Visit us online at http://sdda.sd.gov/ .

 

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