Nebraska allocates funds for organic industry
The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) announced last week that Nebraska will be receiving additional funding from USDA to aid the state’s organic producers and processors with certification costs.
The National Organic Program’s (NOP) Cost-Share Program is designed to assist producers and handlers of agriculture products in obtaining certification under the NOP guidelines. Those guidelines require certification and compliance with national standards in order to sell, label, or represent agricultural products as organic. Producers and handlers can receive reimbursement for up to 75 percent of the costs of obtaining certification, with a maximum payment of $750. Nebraska has received an additional $60,000 in federal funds for reimbursement to eligible participants.
Applicants must have been certified or renewed their certification between Oct. 1, 2008, and Sept. 30, 2009, in order to be eligible for cost-share reimbursement. The funds will be reimbursed in the order applications are received until the monies are exhausted, or until the eligibility period ends. All applications for reimbursement must be postmarked by Oct. 17, 2009.
For more information, call NDA at 402/471-4876 or 800/422-6692. — WLJ