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This program makes it more affordable for farmers to work with an organic certifying agency while they transition to organic (typically 36 months, but may be less). We think getting involved 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.”
A: Minnesota residents who are new to organic (nothing certified) and are in the process of transitioning land and/or animals on a farm in Minnesota.
A: 75% of eligible costs, with a maximum payment of $750/year.
A: Up to 75% of the following costs if paid them between January 1 and December 31
A: Get an application form on the MDA web site or call 651-201-6012. Your application must be postmarked by mid-February (see application for exact date) for costs paid between January 1 and December 31 of the previous year.
A: All of the following:
A: Check the MDA web site for certifiers that offer transition verification.
A: Yes. You can apply for up to three years, or until you are certified – whichever comes first. If you get certified on or before September 30, that’s great. Contact us at 651-201-6012 because we have a different cost share program you will probably qualify for.
Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), 625 Robert Street N, St. Paul, MN 55155-2538, firstname.lastname@example.org