IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jeff Wolfe
July 31, 2017 www.nj.gov/agriculture
PO Box 330
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0330
P: (609) 633-2954
C: (609) 433-1785
Contact: Jeff Wolfe
(TRENTON) – The New Jersey Department of Agriculture today announced it is accepting applications for a program in partnership with the federal government to reduce organic certification costs as part of the Christie Administration’s ongoing efforts to promote New Jersey-grown and marketed organic food products.
Through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Certification Cost Share Program, each qualified producer or handler of organic products is eligible for a reimbursement of up to 75 percent of its costs of certification not to exceed $750. Certification costs include fees and charges levied by the certifying agent for certification activities.
To qualify for reimbursement under this program, an organic producer or handler must have been certified or incurred expenses for the continuation of certification during the period of October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017. Certification must be through a USDA-accredited certifying agent.
In the event that demand exceeds the amount of funds allocated to New Jersey, applications will be processed on a first come, first served basis. Operations may receive one reimbursement per certification or category of certification per year.
Applications must be received by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture no later than November 17, 2017. Applications and more information about the program are available online at www.nj.gov/agriculture/grants/organiccostshare.html.
Organic producers and handlers can also visit their local USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices to apply for federal reimbursement. Operations may apply through only one agency. Duplicate reimbursements will not be issued to an operation.
Please contact Nichole Steward at 609-292-5576 or firstname.lastname@example.org.