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North Carolina offers organic certification cost-share assistance

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Staff Writer | June 21, 2017
Organic growers in North Carolina can apply for partial reimbursement of the cost of becoming certified or for recertification through a program offered by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
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Growers who are certified or recertified between Oct. 1, 2016, and Sept. 30, 2017, can apply for assistance through the program.

“Applicants can be reimbursed up to 75 percent of the cost of organic certification per category,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and I would encourage growers and handlers to submit their applications early.”

Under the grant, operations can be certified and reimbursed in four separate categories: crops, livestock, wild crop and handler/processor. The maximum reimbursement per category is $750.

The program is for the 2016-2017 season and is funded through a $229,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Applications must be postmarked by October 6.