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 2021. Individual organic operators are eligible for reimbursement of 50 percent of their 2021 (October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021) certification costs up to a maximum of $500 per certification. The National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program currently recognizes the following certification scopes eligible for reimbursement: crops, wild crops, livestock and handling (i.e. processing).
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. 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, 2020 through September 30, 2021
Application Deadline: November 1, 2021
Please complete all forms and mail to the following:
Mississippi Department of Agriculture
Marketing – Organic Cost-Share
P O Box 1609
Jackson, MS 39215