Arkansas Organic Certification Cost Share Program

The Arkansas Agriculture Department (AAD) has entered into a cooperative agreement with the USDA, Agriculture Marketing Service for the allocation of organic certification cost share funds.  The USDA National Organic Certification Cost Share Program was authorized under 7 U.S.C. 6523, as amended by section 10301 Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008.  Under this Act, USDA is authorized to provide cost share assistance to organic producers and handlers certified to the National Organic Program (NOP) by accredited certifying agents.

The program will reimburse certified organic producers, processors or handlers of organic agricultural products 75% of allowable expenses up to a maximum of $750 per certification or category of certification. 

NOP currently recognizes four categories of certification: crops, wild crops, livestock and processing/handling. Entities may receive one reimbursement per certification or category of certification per qualifying period. Application for multiple certification reimbursements must be made separately.

If you are interested in participating in the program, please submit the following documents:

• Completed AAD Organic Cost Share Application

• Copy of current certification (s) (Must be dated between 10/1/14 and 9/30/15)

• Complete W-9 Form (Request for Taxpayer Identification Number)

• Copy of invoice statement showing fees assessed for certification from a USDA accredited certifier

• Proof of payment to certifier for costs incurred for certification or recertification.

Contact Arkansas Organic Certification Cost Share Program

Arkansas Agriculture Department
1 Natural Resources Drive
Little Rock, Arkansas  72205
Phone: 501-683-4851


Service Area

Statewide Program in:
  • Arkansas

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