Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry

LDAF Accepting Organic Cost-Share Rebate Applications

For Release On:

June 13, 2017

BATON ROUGE: Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said Louisiana agricultural producers and handlers who have either obtained or renewed USDA organic certification may qualify for reimbursement for their certification costs through a cost share rebate program.

The program will reimburse up to 75 percent of certification costs, or up to $750 per year per certification category. The rebates are available to cover certification expenses incurred between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017.

“Earning the USDA Organic certification for an agricultural product has a number of benefits like adding value and consumer confidence; however, the certification can be a costly and lengthy process,” Strain said.

Applications must be received by close of business (4:30 p.m.) Oct. 2, 2017.

The program is funded through USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA).

The 2017 cost-share application is available at www.LDAF.la.gov. Reimbursements will be on a first-come, first-served basis, based on receipt of the completed application packet, until available funding is exhausted.

For more information, contact Jeremy Hendrix at 225-952-8155.

Additional information is available from the USDA National Organic Program website at http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/nop

Federal Cost Share Application

State Cost Share Application

Original Press Release http://www.ldaf.state.la. us/news/organic-cost-share-rei mbursement-program/

Republished by LOUISIANA NEWS | www.louisiana.gov