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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.

Meet the FFA Recipients of the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund Awards!

The Future Farmers of America (FFA) was founded in 1928 by a group of young farmers with a mission to train future generations of American youth to meet the challenge of feeding a growing population. Today, their classes and clubs reach hundreds of thousands of young people across the United States. For the most part, these agriculturally-minded youth are trained in conventional agriculture.

Bricmont Fund Hardship Assistance Deadline, December 10

Had an extremely hard year? Drought? Illness? Hurricane? CCOF’s Bricmont Fund may be able to help! 

OFRF Receives OREI Grant

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently awarded the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) a grant to evaluate federal organic research programs. 
 
USDA awarded the grant through the Organic Research and Extension Initiative (OREI). This year, USDA awarded $23 million in grants under OREI and the Organic Transitions program to improve the competitiveness of organic crop and livestock producers.
 

Funds Available for Water, Energy Efficiency

The state of California recently opened a second round of funding to help farms reduce water usage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Funds for the program, the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP), were included in emergency drought legislation passed earlier this year.

2014 Bricmont Financial-Hardship Assistance Program Opens October 14

The Bricmont Fund provides direct financial assistance exclusively to organic producers and processors/handlers who suffer losses due to extreme hardship. Since 2007 CCOF has distributed funds annually to members of the organic community who are in need.

Curious if you are eligible? The requirements are fairly simple:

Livestock Producers Should Enroll in Disaster Assistance Program by October 1

The Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) provides compensation to livestock producers that suffered drought-related grazing losses on specific types of pastureland. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) encourages eligible livestock producers to enroll in the LFP now. The USDA must reduce payments to producers who do not take action by September 30, 2014. 

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.

New Deadline for Cost-Share Program

The California Department of Food and Agriculture has announced that the deadline for applying for certification cost-share is now November 29, 2014. The new deadline is earlier than previously announced.

Deadline Extended! Funds Available to Improve Irrigation and Energy Efficiency

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) recently extended the application deadline for the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) to July 29, 2014.

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