The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) has a cooperative agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide cost share assistance to producers, processors, distributors or other handlers of organic agricultural products.
Texas-based organic producers (crops, wild crops, and/or livestock) and/or handlers are eligible to participate in the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP). Operations must possess current USDA organic certification to be eligible to receive reimbursements. This means operations either must have successfully received their initial USDA organic certification from a USDA-accredited certifying agent, or must have incurred expenses related to the renewal of their USDA organic certification from a USDA accredited certifying agent between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016. Operations with suspended or revoked certifications are ineligible for reimbursement. The applicable NOP regulations and resources for certification are available on the NOP website at www.ams.usda.gov/nop.
The cost share program will be conducted on a first come, first served basis.
Applications MUST be received by Close of Business (5:00 pm CT) Monday, October 31, 2016.
How to submit an application:
Please visit the Organic Cost-Share website to download submission instructions and application materials. TDA will offer two ways to submit your application. We encourage you to try the new online submission application. All you have to do is fill out the required information, attach your documentation and hit submit. Alternatively, applicants may also complete a hard copy form and email to the address listed in the submission instruction.
Please contact the grants office at (512) 463-6695 or Grants@TexasAgriculture.gov with any questions you have.