The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) offers information and support to transitioning and organic farmers.
The MDA offers several programs to help with the cost of transitioning and certifying your organic farm:
- If you are currently certified organic, you can apply for help with the cost of certification through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program.
- If you are new to organic and in the process of transitioning land or animals on a farm in Minnesota, you can apply for funding to help with the process through the Transition to Organic Cost Share Program.
- We also offer up to eight free “Do Not Spray” signs per organic farm.
If you are interested in transitioning to organic, we offer several ways for you to learn and gather information:
- Each year, the MDA organizes the Minnesota Organic Conference, a two-day educational event in January for anyone interested in organic agriculture.
- Farmers can use our Directory of Minnesota Organic Farms to find advice and assistance, while buyers can use it to identify prospective sellers.
- Use our Steps to Success (PDF) self-assessment tool to evaluate your farm and plan for ways to improve.
- Contact one of the USDA-Accredited Organic Certifiers serving Minnesota (link) who can help you with the process of transitioning and becoming certified.