Joan Shaffer

The Agricultural Management Assistance Program, authorized by the Federal Crop Insurance Act (7 U.S.C. 1524), will allocate funds to the 16 states in proportion to the number of organic producers in each state. The states, in turn, will reimburse each eligible producer for up to 75 percent of its organic certification costs, not to exceed $750.

To be eligible for reimbursement, an organic production operation must be located within one of the designated states, comply with the USDA National Organic Program regulation for organic production, and have received certification or update of certification by a USDA-accredited certifying agent during the period of Oct. 1, 2008, through Sept. 30, 2009.

Applications by states for federal assistance and cooperative agreements must be requested from and submitted to: Robert Pooler, Agriculture Marketing Specialist, National Organic Program, USDA Stop 0268, Room 4008-S, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington DC 20250-0268; tel. (202) 720-3252; fax (202) 205-7808.

Additional information may be found at the National Organic Program’s homepage:

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