Here are some common questions about the cost-share program. If you have questions that are not addressed here, please contact us. We will post the answers on this page.

Application Questions

Q. Why should I apply online?

A. If you apply online, you’ll be notified immediately that we have your application, and we’ll be able to process it more quickly. Since funding is “first come, first served”, you want to get your application in as soon as possible.

Q. What if I can’t apply online?

A. Call 651-201-6012 or email and we will mail you the application materials.

Q. How do I know my W-9 was received by the MDA?

A. After you click the “finish” button in DocuSign (our secure signing system), you should see a message on your screen saying it’s completed. You should also receive a confirmation email from DocuSign System (; check your junk mail if you don't see it.

Q. What if there is a problem with my application?

A. We will call or email you about missing information or errors in your application. We’ll also notify you if your application is denied or we run out of funding.

Q. What if I can’t get my organic certificate or fees paid document to upload?

A. Call 651-201-6134 or email for help.

Eligibility Questions

Q. Can I apply with both the MDA and USDA-FSA?

A. No, you can only apply for the organic certification cost-share with one agency. If we (the MDA) run out of funds, you will have the option to apply with your local USDA-FSA office until January 2, 2024.

Payment Questions

Q. When and how will I get paid?

A. We will process applications as they come in and start making payments as soon as possible. Generally, it takes several weeks from approval to when you are paid.

You will receive a paper check from Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) unless you sign up to receive your payment through direct deposit. To receive your payment electronically, complete the Direct Deposit Authorization for Electronic Funds Transfer using DocuSign. We are not able to assist with this process.