New Farm Bill funding is available to organic farmers and handlers in the form of cost-sharing assistance for certification-related expenses. The USDA organic farming payments cover up to 75 percent of an individualâ€™s certification costs, up to a $750 maximum per certification, for costs during the fall-to-fall period. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack praised the organic program renewal: â€œOrganic food is now a multi-billion dollar industry, and helping this sector continue to grow creates jobs across the country,â€ he said. Organic producers and handlers should file for payments through their state agency.
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