The North Dakota Department of Agriculture administers the USDA Organic Cost Share Reimbursement Program. Organic producers (crops, wild crops, and/or livestock) and/or handlers are eligible for reimbursement of 75 percent of initial or renewal organic certification costs with a maximum of $750.00 per certification scope. Costs paid within the period of October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017 are eligible.

NDDA has entered into an agreement with International Certification Services (ICS) and OCIA Chapter 1 complete the application. Organic operations certified through these two agencies should contact their agency directly to complete the application. All funds are reimbursed on a first-come first-serve basis until funds are depleted. Applications must be postmarked no later than October 31, 2017.

Three things are needed to process reimbursement:

  1. North Dakota Application
  2. Evidence that the operation holds a valid organic certification to the USDA Organic Regulations issued by a USDA-accredited certifying agent (letter from the agency or certificate)
  3. An itemized receipt that identifies allowable costs PAID within the qualification period.
  4. New applicants: completed W-9 form
Allowable Costs Unallowable Costs
  • Application fees
  • Inspection fees, including travel costs and per diem for organic inspectors
  • Certification costs, including fees necessary to access
    international markets which AMS has equivalency agreements or arrangements
  • User fees / sale assessments
  • Postage
  • Inspections due to violations of USDA Organic regulations
  • Charges related to non-USDA organic certifications
  • Transitional certifications
  • Other labeling program
  • Materials, supplies and equipment
  • Late fees
  • Membership fees
  • Consultant fees

 

For more information on this program, contact Emily Edlund at 701-328-2191 or email edlund@nd.gov.

Potential applicants that do not wish to apply through NDDA can request assistance from FSA with the information below:

USDA-Farm Service Agency
ND State Office
Kristen Knudtson
1025 28th St. S.
Fargo, ND 58103
Phone: 701-893-2216
Fax: 855-813-6644
kristen.knudtson@nd.usda.gov

or

Laura Heinrich
Phone: 701-893-2218
laura.heinrich@nd.usda.gov