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Organic farmers in Tennessee offered reimbursement for certification costs

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Tennessee farmers who grow organic crops and have become USDA certified can now qualify for a cost share reimbursement for the expense of their certification.

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Beginning March 20, 2017, certified organic producers and handlers can apply to USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices for a 75 percent cost share up to a maximum of $750 to defray costs related to receiving and maintaining organic certification, including inspection costs.

Those interested can apply at 59 FSA field offices across Tennessee. Applicants must submit an application form, W-9 tax form, proof of certification and an itemized invoice of the certification expenses.

Organic certification typically costs small farm producers between $600 and $1,000 annually. Costs increase based on product and sales volumes.

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