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Now Accepting Organic Cost-Share Reimbursement Applications
August 7, 2019
Rebates are available for USDA Organic certification and re-certification expenses incurred between Oct. 1, 2018 and Sept. 30, 2019.
The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) is offering to rebate a portion of organic certification costs incurred when organic producers and handlers contract with private organic certifiers for certification services. Certified organic producers or handlers in Louisiana are eligible for a partial reimbursement of organic certification costs on an annual basis.
The amount of the LDAF state rebate will equal 75% of the cost of organic certification up to a maximum of $750.00, but shall not be in an amount which, when totaled with any federal reimbursement, exceeds the total of certification costs incurred. This rebate will be available to eligible Louisiana organic producers and handlers upon submission of 1) completed LDAF Rebate Application, 2) proof of organic certification, 3) supporting documentation of organic certification costs and 4) proof of federal reimbursement from the USDA Farm Service Agency.
**Important – Producers must go through their local FSA office to apply for their federal reimbursement BEFORE submitting an application for state reimbursement through the LDAF.
Applications must be received by close of business (4:30 p.m.) December 31, 2019.
For more information, contact Jeremy Hendrix at 225-952-8155 or Email.