Organic Certification Cost Share Program Now Open for Applications

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Date Published: 
July 16, 2018
The National Organic Certification Cost Share Program is now open for 2018 applications!
You are eligible for a 75 percent reimbursement of your qualified organic certification expenses up to $750 per scope. This includes organic certification and inspection fees paid between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018, as well as fees paid for California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and California Department of Public Health (CDPH) registration.
CCOF has made it easier than ever for members to apply for their refund of organic certification fees. We’ve created summaries with your personalized information to help you complete and submit the required paperwork. If you haven’t already, you will be receiving an email from CCOF with everything you need to complete and submit your applications. It will all come in one email, simple and easy!
Any operation that is currently certified organic within the United States and has paid organic certification fees between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018 may apply and receive one reimbursement per certificate or scope of certification.
Recognized scopes include:
  • Crops
  • Wild crops
  • Livestock
  • Processing/handling
Recognized categories include:
  • California State Organic Program registration
Clients with more than one certification scope may be eligible for more than one refund!
Why you should apply:
  1. Decrease your operating costs!
  2. Participate in one of the few federal programs that specifically benefit organic producers—you deserve the reward for all your hard work.
  3. Applying for cost share, even if you don’t need it, tells the government it’s an important program, and supports the inclusion of cost share funds in future farm bills!
CCOF would like to see 100 percent of its members participate in cost share, and CCOF staff are available to help you apply!
Deadline for receipt of cost share applications is October 31, 2018.
Visit for guidance on the application process. To request a summary with your personalized information to complete the cost share application forms, please contact us at