Funding Renewed for Organic Cost-Share Program
The Hawaii Department of Agriculture is currently accepting applications for a new round of organic certification cost-share assistance to organic farmers and organic livestock operators.
Renewed federal funding totaling up to $65,000 has been allotted to help Hawaii organic farmers with the cost of organic certification through a cooperative agreement executed between the federal and state agriculture departments.
Organic farmers and livestock operators are required to have their farms and practices inspected annually and certified by an agent approved by the USDA.
The Agricultural Management Assistance Organic Certification Cost-Share Program allows organic growers to receive reimbursement of up to 75% of the cost of this inspection and certification (up to a maximum of $750).
The program was authorized under the Federal Crop Insurance Act. This is the fifth consecutive year that Hawaii has participated in this program.
To receive reimbursement, the date of certification or renewal by a USDA accredited certifying agent must occur between Oct. 1, 2012 and Sep. 30, 2013.
Applications and information are available online at the HDOA website: http://hdoa.hawaii.gov/add/md/usda-organic-certification-cost-share-programs/.
The USDA did not renew a separate program this year for organic processors/handlers.
For information and assistance with the application process, contact the HDOA, Agricultural Development Division, (808) 973-9595 or email [email protected].