Funding available to help producers go organic

Mar 20, 2009
by WLJ
Funding available to help producers go organic

Wyoming agriculture producers and handlers interested in going organic may apply now for grants to help offset the costs associated with certification.

The Wyoming Business Council Agribusiness Division and the Wyoming Department of Agriculture are offering the Organic Certification Reimbursement pro gram to help producers and handlers become organically certified.

“Organic certification can be a way for producers to add value to their operations in a market where consumers are increasingly interested in how their food is grown,” said Cindy Garretson-Weibel, director of the Agribusiness Division. “This reimbursement grant may help those producers who have been hesitant to go organ- ic due to the costs of be- coming cer certified.”

The grants cover 75 per- cent of organic certification costs up to $750. The grant reimburses applicants for expenditures, which must be made before receiving an award.

To qualify for the program, a producer or handler must become certified between Oct. 1, 2008, and Sept. 30, 2009. Certification must be obtained before applying for the grant.

The deadline to submit grant applications is Oct. 15, 2009, but applications are being accepted now. For more information about the program or to receive an application packet, please contact Terri Barr at 307/777-2807 or terri.barr@ — WLJ