The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended the timeline for Colorado companies to receive a reimbursement if they are certified as organic.
The reimbursement is available to producers and handlers of organic agricultural products in Colorado for costs incurred in obtaining organic certification.
“This is a great opportunity for Colorado’s organic producers. This is an easy and convenient process that can help put funds back in their pockets,” said the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Organic Certification Coordinator, Mitch Yergert.
The new timeframe for reimbursable costs is Oct. 1, 2007 to Sept. 30, 2009, a full year longer than originally proposed. Reimbursements are available for each year the producer received certification and incurred certification costs.
The CDA is accredited by the USDA as an organic state certifier under the National Organic Program and currently certifies approximately 185 Colorado facilities. Producers and handlers who use other certifying agencies may still qualify for this cost-share program but must contact the CDA for the appropriate forms.
To be eligible for reimbursement, an organic production or handling operation must be located within Colorado, comply with the USDA National Organic Program regulations for organic production or handling and receive certification or continuation of certification.
So far, over $27,300 has been returned to Colorado producers through this reimbursement process.
For copies of the cost assistance forms, visit www.Colorado.gov/ag/dpi and click on the organic cost share reimbursement forms link or call Barbara Rosenbach at (303) 239-4139.