Cost share program makes organic certification more affordable
Sunday, November 18, 2018
Minnesota organic farmers and processors can apply for a rebate of up to 75 percent of the cost of their organic certification. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the Minnesota Organic Cost Share Program from now until Wednesday, Oct. 31.
Organic certification is a third-party verification system. It assures consumers the organic products they buy are produced in accordance with federal organic regulations. Organic operations must follow National Organic Standards and are monitored through review of their records and on-site inspections at least once a year.
“The yearly cost of certification can range from a few hundred to several thousand dollars,” said Cassie Dahl, program administrator. “This program provides some relief and goes a long way to make organic certification more affordable.”