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This program offers financial assistance to farmers who are working with an organic certifying agency while they transition to organic (typically 36 months, but may be less). We think working with a certifying agency early in the process can improve farmers’ confidence about the transition and help them be more successful when it’s time to apply and be inspected “for real.”
Q: Want kind of payment am I eligible for?
A: 75% of eligible costs, with a maximum payment of $750/year.
Q: What are “eligible costs”?
A: Up to 75% of the following:
Q: What is required?
Q: Who qualifies for this program?
A: Minnesota residents who are new to organic (nothing certified) and are actively transitioning farm land or animals (not just thinking about it).
Q: Do I have to transition my whole farm to organic?
Q: How do I find a certifying agency?
A: Check the MDA web site for certifiers that take clients in Minnesota and that offer transition verification.
Q: Can I apply more than once?
A: Yes. You can apply for up to three years, or until you are certified – whichever comes first.
Q: What is the deadline?
A: Your application must be postmarked by mid-February (see application for exact date). You can submit receipts for costs that you paid between January 1 – December 31 of the previous year.
Meg Moynihan, Principal Administrator
Ag Marketing & Development Division
Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), 625 Robert Street N, St. Paul, MN 55155-2538, email@example.com