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

Downloadable PDF forms for applications submitted by mail, fax, or email will be available in May 2020.


For more information on requirements for organic processors, visit the CDPH Food and Drug Branch Organic Food Processors website.

All updated documents for the 2019 Cost Share will be provided below in May.