The United States Department of Agriculture is offering new assistance to the growing number of organic farmers across the nation. The cost burden of annual certification for organic operations can weigh down small to medium and beginning farms. While the USDA has offered assistance for years, only about half of the organic operations in the country take advantage of these support programs. These existing programs (which can save producers up to 75% of the cost of certification) will now be available through Farm Service Agency offices around the country. The USDA hopes the change will make these programs more accessible and increase participation. For more information on the changes to the program and how to apply for organic certification assistance through your local FSA office, check out NSAC’s analysis here.
USDA Helps Organic Farmers Defray Certification Cost