Apply for the Illinois Organic Cost Share Program by November 1

The Illinois Department of Agriculture has funds available for the 2010 – 2011 Illinois Organic Cost Share Program through funds from the United States Department of Agriculture. The program will provide cost share assistance to organic producers and handlers receiving certification or continuation of certification by a USDA accredited certifying agent commencing October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2011. Under the Act, cost-share assistance payments are limited to 75 percent of an individual producer’s or handler’s certification costs up to a maximum of $750.00 per year.

To be eligible for reimbursement, an organic production or handling operation must be located within Illinois, comply with the USDA National Organic Program regulations for organic production or handling and have received certification or continuation of certification by a USDA-accredited certifying agent between the eligible dates.

One year of certification reimbursement is available: October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2011

Under Illinois’ current agreement with the USDA, producers and handlers can make application for reimbursement to the Illinois Department of Agriculture by submitting the following documents:

  1. Illinois Organic Certification Cost-Share Program application
  2. W-9 form (Rev. 1/11)
  3. Proof of NOP certification issued or continued within the cost-share qualifying period, October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2011 such as a copy of the certificate or continuation of certification document from the USDA-accredited certifying agency with effective date within eligible range of 10/1/10 and 9/30/11
  4. Itemized invoice demonstrating costs incurred for NOP certification such as a copy of your paid, itemized invoice from your certifier

More details can be found on the Illinois Department of Agriculture’s website: http://www.agr.state.il.us/marketing/Mkt_Organic_Cost_Share_Program.html

Based on the receipt of the completed application packet by the Illinois Department of Agriculture, reimbursements will be on a first-come, first-served basis until the limited program funds are exhausted.

For more information, contact Delayne Reeves at 217/524-9129 or delayne.reeves@illinois.gov.