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The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service announces that approximately $11.9 million in organic certification assistance is available through state departments of agriculture to make organic certification more affordable for producers and handlers. Funding is provided on a cost share basis and certification assistance is distributed by two programs. Through the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program, $11 million is available to organic farms and businesses nationwide. Through the Agricultural Management Assistance Organic Certification Cost Share Program, $900,000 is for organic producers (crop and livestock operators) in Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
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