USDA provides applications for natural, transitioning prices – AgriNews

WASHINGTON — Agricultural producers and handlers who’re licensed natural, together with those that are transitioning to natural manufacturing, can now apply for U.S. Division of Agriculture applications.

USDA’s Natural and Transitional Schooling and Certification Program and Natural Certification Value Share Program assist producers and handlers cowl the price of natural certification, together with different associated bills.

“By serving to with natural certification prices — lengthy recognized as a barrier to certification — USDA has helped producers take part in new markets whereas investing within the long-term well being of their operations,” stated Farm Service Company Administrator Zach Ducheneaux.

“We launched OTECP to construct on the help supplied via the OCCSP and supply further help to natural and transitioning producers weathering the continued market impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This 12 months, in response to stakeholder suggestions, we have now aligned the signup dates for these two natural applications and encourage producers to work with the native USDA Service Facilities and state companies to finish the functions.

“The FSA, and the USDA broadly, are dedicated to creating certain our nation’s natural producers and handlers have the instruments they should proceed positively shaping our native and regional meals techniques.”

2022 Value Share

OTECP covers:

• Certification prices for natural producers and handlers — 25% as much as $250 per class.

• Eligible bills for transitional producers, together with charges for pre-certification inspections and improvement of an natural system plan — 75% as much as $750.

• Registration charges for instructional occasions — 75% as much as $200.

• Soil testing — 75% as much as $100.

In the meantime, OCCSP covers 50% or as much as $500 per class of certification prices in 2022.

This value share for certification is accessible for every of those classes: crops, wild crops, livestock, processing and dealing with and state natural program charges.

Producers can obtain value share via each OTECP and OCCSP. Each OTECP and OCCSP cowl prices incurred from Oct. 1, 2021, to Sept. 30, 2022.

Producers have till Oct. 31 to file functions, and FSA will make funds as functions are obtained.

How To Apply

Producers and handlers ought to contact the FSA at their native USDA Service Middle. As a part of finishing the OCCSP functions, producers and handlers might want to present documentation of their natural certification and eligible bills.

Natural producers and handlers might also apply for OCCSP via collaborating state companies.

Extra particulars might be discovered on the OTECP and OCCSP webpages at and, respectively.

State Company Alternatives

FSA is accepting functions for state companies to manage OCCSP via July 18. If a state Division of Agriculture chooses to take part in OCCSP, each the state Division of Agriculture and FSA county workplaces in that state will settle for OCCSP functions and make funds to eligible licensed operations.

Nonetheless, the producer or handler might solely obtain OCCSP help by both FSA or the collaborating state Division of Agriculture.

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