Cost Share Information
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has provided funds from the National Farm Bill to the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) to be distributed to operations that have been certified organic by a USDA accredited certifier. This program is intended to help offset costs of obtaining organic certification.
The applicant must submit the application form(s) along with a copy(s) of certification and copy(s) of the associated expenses required to obtain and/or maintain certification and the completed form STD 204 within the allotted time frame (see application requirements in the Cost Share Letter). Cost share applications are paid on a first come first served basis.
Cost Share Application Packet
Cost Share 2020-2021 Application and Documents are now available below:
- Cost Share Notification Letter
- Cost Share 2020-2021 Federal and State
- (NEW) Payee Data Form
- Cost Share Application Checklist
To ensure receipt of your application(s) it is recommended that you email them to CDFA.ISD_Cost_Share_Program@cdfa.ca.gov or send them via certified mail to the address below:
Department of Food and Agriculture
ATTN: Organic Program/Cost Share
1220 N Street Sacramento, CA 95814
For more information on requirements for organic processors, visit the CDPH Food and Drug Branch Organic Food Processors website.