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Cost Share - A Refund of Organic Certification Fees

The National Organic Certification Cost Share Program is now open for 2015 applications!

This means that all certified organic entities in the United States are eligible to apply for a refund of 75% of their certification-related costs, including inspection fees, up to a maximum of $750 per certification or certified scope.

Renewals are Coming

Información en Español

Every year, you are required to submit the annual Continuation of Certification contract and pay your certification fee. In early November, we will mail your renewal package—including the contract and invoice—and email you all the necessary information.

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¡Renovaciones están por venir!

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Cada año, usted está obligado a presentar el contrato anual de continuación de certificación y pagar su cuota de certificación. A principios de noviembre, le enviaremos el paquete que incluye el contrato y la factura. Te enviaremos toda la información necesaria por correo electrónico también.

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2014 Cost Share Eligibility Period Closes September 30

The eligibility period for reimbursement under the Organic Cost Share Program closes September 30 for the 2014 fiscal year.

The Cost Share Program helps operations manage the costs of organic certification. Under the program, an operation may be reimbursed for up to 75% of their certification costs, not to exceed $750 per certification.

Certification expenses paid by September 30 are eligible for 2014 reimbursement, and expenses paid after September 30 are eligible for 2015 reimbursement.

California State Organic Program Fee Waiver Opportunities for Military Veterans

Military veterans may be eligible for fee waivers under the California State Organic Program. Notably, the fee waiver only applies to fees associated with the California State Organic Program; the waiver does not apply to fees associated with the National Organic Program.

Saving You Money: EU Program Disappearing

Many CCOF operations are enrolled in a program they do not need. CCOF is saving 600+ operations $125 each during the 2015 renewal by processing this withdrawal internally.

Why? After reviewing our records we discovered that 600+ CCOF growers have not withdrawn from the US/EU Equivalency status under CCOF’s Global Market Access program, even though they no longer require the program. The historic US/EU Equivalency Arrangement, that CCOF worked directly to help achieve, requires that you enroll only if you:

Annual Certification Fee Changes

We strive to provide our clients with excellent service. To help us continue to provide this high level of service, it is essential we implement changes to the CCOF certification fee schedule. New fees take effect for most currently certified operations during the 2015 renewal. Effective June 1, 2014, these fees will only be applied to new applicants and fee adjustments. See the updated fee schedule below.

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Inspection Fees Changing January 1, 2014

After several years with no changes, we are modifying our inspection fees to keep up with rising costs and ensure excellent service. Effective January 1, inspection fees are $65 per hour for preparation, inspection, and report writing time. Travel time will be billed at $44 per hour. These increases are intended to be modest and to minimally affect the majority of CCOF operations. At the same time, we are implementing a new inspection report writing system to drive new efficiencies so you experience better service from CCOF as a whole, including lower costs and better inspections.

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Significant Changes to Certification Manual - All CCOF Clients Affected

We have made some substantial changes to our Certification Services Program Manual.

These changes affect all CCOF clients, and you will be asked on your 2014 Continuation of Certification Contract (renewal contract) to verify that you agree to the policies described in this manual. In brief, the changes include:

Working to Maintain Consistent, Timely, and Cost-Effective Service

We strive to provide cost-effective certification services that respond to your priorities. Each year, CCOF receives about 11,000 requests for service from our clients, in addition to annual inspection requirements. These requests include new products, acreage, or labels; changes in formulation; updated supplier lists; and more. Certification staff reviews each of these items and responds with follow-up questions before giving approval.
 

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