New Cost Shares For Organic Farmers

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The organic industry is booming, last year record growth had retail sales at $39 billion in the U.S. But some producers have trouble affording the organic certification process.

On May 14, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced nearly $12 million in assistance to be provided through state departments of agriculture for the organic certification process. The funding is for two cost share programs and is provided through the 2014 Farm Bill.

It cuts costs for organic producers and handlers and can cover as much as 75 percent for an individual applicant's certification costs, up to a maximum of $750 annually.