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
Important Update: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Farm Service Agency (FSA), has announced that the revised reimbursement amount for FY 2020 through 2023 will be 50% of the certified organic operations eligible expenses, and up to a maximum of $500 per scope. This change is due to the limited funding available.
Please click link for USDA public website for additional information - https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/occsp/index
Downloadable forms are now available below for the 2019-2020 Cost Share
For more information on requirements for organic processors, visit the CDPH Food and Drug Branch Organic Food Processors website.