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Now Accepting Organic Cost-Share Reimbursement Applications

December 1, 2020

Rebates are available for USDA Organic certification and re-certification expenses incurred between Oct. 1, 2019 and Sept. 30, 2020.

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.

Producers must go through their local FSA office to apply for their federal reimbursement before submitting an application for state reimbursement through the LDAF. The state program will provide reimbursements of up to 50 % of certification and recertification costs up to $500 maximum reimbursement per year. The LDAF payment will be based ONLY on one (1) scope.

Reimbursements will be on a first-come, first-served basis, based on receipt of the completed application packet, until available funding is exhausted.

Additional information is available from the USDA National Organic Program website at https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/occsp/index.

Applications must be received by close of business (4:30 p.m.) Monday, March 1, 2021.

For more information, contact Jeremy Hendrix at 337-948-0230 or by email at jhendrix@ldaf.la.gov.

State Organic Certification Application