ORGANIC PRODUCERS CAN RECOUP CERTIFICATION COSTS

BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is encouraging organic producers to use the National Organic Cost Share Program to recoup 75 percent of their certification costs for fiscal year 2011.

“Organic producers, processors and handlers can receive up to $750 of the organic certification costs they incurred between Oct. 1, 2010 and Sept. 30, 2011,” Goehring said.

Last year North Dakota was one of the five top recipients in the nation from this program with 147 producers and processors receiving $105,651.

Applications must include a 2011 cost share application form, a copy of a dated certificate or letter from a certifier verifying certification between Oct. 1, 2010 and Sept. 30, 2011.

Producers who are certified by International Certification Services (ICS) or the Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA) should apply for reimbursement through their certifier. These organizations certify about 95 percent of North Dakota organic producers. All other producers should contact Chuck Fleming at the North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) at 701-328-4759 or cfleming@nd.gov.

More information, including program guidelines and application forms, are available on the NDDA website at http://www.nd.gov/ndda.

Applications must be submitted by Oct. 31.