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Reimbursement available for organic certification costs in North Dakota

Staff Writer |
North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said that applications are now being accepted for reimbursement of organic certification costs through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program for fiscal year 2018.

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“Organic farmers, ranchers, processors and handlers can receive up to $750 of the organic certification costs paid between Oct. 1, 2017 and Sept. 30, 2018,” Goehring said.

Certification assures consumers that products are produced by recognized organic methods. Certification enables organic producers and processors to label and sell their products with a federal organic seal. Such products typically command a higher price in the marketplace.

Applicants must provide a 2018 cost share application form, a copy of a dated certificate or letter from a certifier verifying certification between Oct. 1, 2017 and Sept. 30, 2018, an itemized statement showing payment between October 1, 2017 and Sept. 30, 2018, and a completed IRS W-9 Form for new applicants.

Applications must be postmarked by October 31, 2018 but are reimbursed on a first-come, first-serve basis until funds are depleted.

Applicants who are certified by International Certification Services or the Organic Crop Improvement Association Chapter 1 should apply for reimbursement through the certifier.


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