The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce is now offering the National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program for Mississippi organic producers and handlers receiving certification or continuation of certification by a USDA accredited certifying agent. Funding for the program will be through fiscal year 2020. Individual organic operators are eligible for reimbursement of 50 percent of their 2020 (October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020) certification costs up to a maximum of $500 per category of certification. The National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program currently recognizes four categories of certification eligible for reimbursement: crops, wild crops, livestock, and handler fees.
To be eligible for reimbursement, applicants must provide proof of certification issued by a USDA accredited certifying agent, a reimbursement form, an itemized invoice for certification-related expenses, a IRS W-9 form and documentation of the payment made (In the form of a cancelled check). Applicants must be an organic producer and handler located in the Mississippi. Funds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis until the funds are depleted. Operations may receive one reimbursement per year. For more information about the cost-share program, contact Susan Lawrence at 601-213-7542 or Susan@mdac.ms.gov.
Reimbursement period: October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020
Application Deadline: December 15, 2020
Please complete all forms and mail to the following:
Mississippi Department of Agriculture
Marketing – Organic Cost-Share
P O Box 1609
Jackson, MS 39215