Cost Share Deadline Approaches

Calling all organic growers — organic cost share applications are due Oct. 31 to guarantee reimbursement. The program helps organic farmers and processors pay for organic certification.

Funding comes from the federal government, and the program is administered through DATCP.

Organic farms and companies t​hat sell, process, or package certified organic agricultural products are eligible to receive 50 percent of certification-related costs incurred, with a maximum of $500 for each category/scope if they meet the following criteria:

— They received initial or continuation/renewal of certification or are in the proc​ess of becoming certified organic to USDA National Organic Program standards in the appropriate time period, and

— The certified operation is located in Wisconsin.

Reimbursable certification costs must be receipted by the certifying agency during the period of Oct. 1 2021 through Sept. 30, 2022. They can include any certification related expenses paid to the certifying agency including inspection and user fees. Late fees, membership dues, and penalties are not eligible for reimbursement. Applications should be submitted by Oct. 31, 2022 to guarantee reimbursement.

You can apply in one of three ways:

— Mail a paper application and supporting documentation to: DATCP-DAD, Organic Cost Share Program, P.O. Box 8911 Madison, WI 53708-8911

— Email your application and supporting documentation to: datcporganiccostshare@wi.gov

— Complete the online form from your phone or computer at the following link: https://form.jotform.com/221645689186065

Learn more: https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/AgDevelopment/OrganicFarmingAndFood.aspx