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LDAF accepting organic cost-share applications

August 13, 2018

Baton Rouge, La. (Aug. 13, 2018) – Louisiana agricultural producers and handlers who obtained USDA Organic certification or recertification may qualify for reimbursement of their costs through a cost-share rebate program, Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said.

The rebates are available for USDA Organic certification and recertification expenses incurred between Oct. 1, 2017 and Sept. 30, 2018. The program will provide reimbursements of up to 75 percent of certification and recertification costs, or up to $750 per year per certification category.

“Earning the USDA Organic certification can be a costly and lengthy process,” Strain said. “This cost-share program is one way producers can offset these expenses.”

Applications must be received by close of business (4:30 p.m.) Oct. 1, 2018.

The program is funded through USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA).

The 2018 cost-share applications are available at Reimbursements will be on a first-come, first-served basis, based on receipt of the completed application packet, until available funding is exhausted.

For more information, contact Jeremy Hendrix at 225-952-8155.

Additional information is available from the USDA National Organic Program website at