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Commissioner Gipson Announces Organic Certification Cost-Sharing Program

Posted 8:50 a.m. on Friday, August 12, 2022

Commissioner Andy Gipson announced that the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC) is offering a cost-share program for Mississippi organic growers and handlers receiving certification or pursuing certification by a certification accredited by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Funding is available for those who received certification between October 1, 2021 and September 30, 2022. Individual organic operators are eligible for reimbursement of 50% of their certification costs for fiscal year 2022 up to a maximum of $500 $ per certification scope.

The national cost-shared organic certification program currently recognizes the following certification scopes eligible for reimbursement: crops, wild crops, livestock, and handling such as processing.

Applicants must provide the following to MDAC in order to be eligible for reimbursement: valid proof of certification issued by a USDA-accredited certifying agent, reimbursement claim form, itemized receipt that identifies eligible costs paid during the qualifying period, and an IRS Form W-9.

Applicants must be Mississippi organic growers and managers located in the state. Funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted. Transactions can receive one refund per year. The deadline for submitting applications is Tuesday, November 1, 2022.

For more information on this program or to apply, visit www.mdac.ms.gov/market-development/national-organic-cost-share-program or contact Susan Lawrence at [email protected] or 601-213-7542.

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