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Minnesota Organic Certification Cost Share Program

Organic farmers and handlers currently certified to the National Organic Program (NOP) can get a reimbursement of 75% of the certification costs paid between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017. The maximum payment is $750 per category or “scope” of certification (crops, livestock, handling, and wild harvest). Applications are due by October 31, 2017.

Allowable Costs

  • Application fees
  • Inspection costs
  • Certification costs - including fees necessary to access international markets
  • User fees/sales assessments
  • Postage

Unallowable Costs

  • Inspections due to violations of USDA Organic regulations
  • Charges related to non-USDA organic certifications
  • Transitional certification costs
  • Materials, supplies & equipment
  • Late fees
  • Membership fees
  • Consultant fees

If you are in transition to organic, please see our Organic Transition Cost Share Program.

MDA Contact

Cassie Dahl
cassie.dahl@state.mn.us or 651-201-6134

Ag Marketing and Development Division