The U.S. Department of Agriculture offers partial reimbursements for USDA-accredited organic certification acquired on or after Dec. 21, 2000 through its National Organic Certification Cost Share Program. It was allocated a one-time $22 million in FY 2008 from Congress.

The program offers up to 75% of new or renewed certification costs back to growers and handlers, with a maximum of $750 per year. It is administered by state, and although all states are eligible to sign up, not all states are participating. Individual states have specific amounts, dates and requirements.

This program is different from the USDA’s Agricultural Management Assistance Program, which was authorized in 2001. Anyone participating in the AMA is not eligible for the cost share program.

A list of participating states is available at http://bit.ly/d1f4Ru. Each state’s website has applications and specific information.