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.
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.
State agencies may apply to administer OCCSP for 2020 through Grants.gov (Opportunity numbers USDA-FSA-SND-NOCCSP-2020 and USDA-FSA-SND-AMA-2020). Participating State agencies will be posted on this page once grant agreements are in place. Please note that 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 before submitting their applications. Applicants cannot receive duplicate benefits from both FSA and a State agency.
OCCSP Reports to Congress
The annual reports to Congress provides a state-by-state overview of:
View the annual reports:
Listing of State Department of Agriculture's participating in the 2020 Organic Certification Cost Share Program along with their Contact Information and/or Website.
Website and/or Contact Information
Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries
State of Alaska, Department of Natural Resources, Division of Agriculture
Janelle Curtis, Agriculture Inspector
Phone: (907) 745-7200 (Main)
Arizona Department of Agriculture
Arkansas Department of Agriculture
California Department of Food and Agriculture
Connecticut Department of Agriculture
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Kansas Department of Agriculture
Maine Department of Agriculture
Maryland Department of Agriculture
Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce
Missouri Department of Agriculture
Montana Department of Agriculture
New Jersey Department of Agriculture
New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets
North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
North Dakota Department of Agriculture
Ohio Department of Agriculture
Phone: (614) 421-2022
Oregon Department of Agriculture
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
Website: https://agriculture.pa.gov/agbiz (click on Financial Assistance)
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
South Carolina Department of Agriculture
Texas Department of Agriculture
Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Washington State Department of Agriculture
Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection