The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) has announced that funds are now available for organic growers and producers in Virginia to apply for partial reimbursement to offset their organic certification costs. Organic producers who were certified or recertified beginning October 1, 2010 will be eligible to apply for the 2010-2011 season grants. Reimbursement funds are available on a first come, first served basis for the production year that ends September 30, 2011.
“I encourage all certified organic producers to apply for these cost-share funds,” said VDACS Commissioner Matthew J. Lohr. “The Federal Farm Bill allows for reimbursement of 75 percent of the cost of organic certification, up to a total of $750 per applicant. I am delighted that we are able to offer these grants and hope our producers take advantage of them to help offset their costs.”
To apply, producers must complete the Virginia Organic Certification Cost Share Application Form available on www.virginiagrown.com. The form must accompany a copy of the producer’s organic certificate from an accredited USDA Certifying Agency for the current year, a copy of paid, dated invoices showing total cost of services rendered relating to the certificate and a W-9 form which is also available on the VDACS website. The form and documents must be returned to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services no later than November 1, 2011.
Producers with questions should contact Kent Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 804.786.3951.