The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) wants to remind growers and handlers of organic agricultural products across the state, that you can recover part of the cost associated with their USDA certification. The reimbursement covers 75% of certification costs, up to a maximum of $750. The cost-share program makes it easier for certified organic businesses throughout the supply chain by recouping the costs associated with USDA organic certification.
The ADAI will administer this non-competitive grant program by processing applications for cost share funds, and issuing reimbursements to eligible applicants. Funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until the funds are exhausted. The rebates are available to cover certification expenses paid for the period of October 1, 2018, to September 30, 2019.
Application forms and additional details can be obtained by calling Johnny Blackmon with the ADAI at 334-240-7257, or via email at Johnny.Blackmon@agi.alabama.gov. Or, you can also apply at your local USDA Farm Service Agency office. All applications must be submitted by December 31, 2019.