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Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP)

OCCSP provides cost share assistance to producers and handlers of agricultural products who are obtaining or renewing their certification under the National Organic Program (NOP). Certified operations may receive up to 50 percent of their certification costs paid during the program year, not to exceed $500 per certification scope.

Organic Certification Cost Share Fact Sheet

For more information on organic certification and regulations, visit the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service’s organic website.

Applying for OCCSP:

Producers and handlers may submit OCCSP applications to FSA county offices or they may apply through participating State agencies.

To apply through FSA, you can find an FSA county office near you with the Service Center Locator. The FSA OCCSP application form is available at USDA's eForms site, by selecting "Browse forms" and entering "OCCSP" in the "title or keywords" field on the search page. The FSA notice for OCCSP is also available 2022 OCCSP Sign-Up.

To apply through State agencies, see the list here. State agencies may have a different application process than FSA; applicants should refer to their State agency's requirements and ensure they are using the correct application form. Applicants cannot receive duplicate benefits from both FSA and a State agency.

  • FSA is also accepting applications for state agencies to administer OCCSP through July 15, 2022. 
  • If a state department of agriculture chooses to participate in OCCSP, both the state department of agriculture and FSA County Offices in that State will accept OCCSP applications and make payments to eligible certified operations.
  • However, the producer or handler may only receive OCCSP assistance by either FSA or the participating State department of agriculture. 

OCCSP Reports to Congress

The annual reports to Congress provides a state-by-state overview of:

  • Funds used by each state
  • Funds reimbursed to certified organic farms and businesses
  • Number of certified organic farms and businesses served

View the annual reports: