Polansky announces cost-share funds for organic certification
Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Adrian Polansky announced March 10 that his department has $40,000 from USDA's Agriculture Marketing Service to help organic food producers and handlers offset the cost of USDA organic certification.
Kansas food producers or handlers who earn organic certification for the first time, or who continue their organic certification, between Oct. 1, 2008, and Sept. 30, are eligible to apply for cost-share funds.
Through its agreement with USDA, the Kansas Department of Agriculture is able to reimburse producers or handlers as much as 75 percent of the cost of their organic certification, up to $750, as long as funds remain.
To be eligible for cost-share funds, organic producers and handlers must complete an application form and submit it to the Kansas Department of Agriculture. The application must include a copy of the organic certification and an invoice showing fees paid. The application form is available online at www.ksda.gov/kansas_agriculture/content/153, or by calling 785-296-3556.
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