Producers that have planted fall-seeded crops such as rye, winter wheat or newly-seeded forage must report those crops by Nov. 15. Perennial forage and grazing crops that will be harvested in 2019 must also be reported by Nov. 15.
    The MFP program continues and all interested producers must make their initial application by Jan. 15, 2019.
    The Organic Certification Cost Share Program provides cost share assistance to producers and handlers of agricultural products who are obtaining or renewing their certification under the National Organic Program. Certified operations may receive up to 75 percent of their certification costs paid from Oct. 1, 2017, through Sept. 30, not to exceed $750 per certification scope. The application deadline for the 2018 program year is Oct. 31.
     Eligible costs include application fees, inspection costs, fees related to equivalency agreement/arrangement requirements, travel/per diem for inspectors, user fees, sales assessments and postage.
     Ineligible costs include equipment, materials, supplies, transitional certification fees, late fees and inspections necessary to address National Organic Program regulatory violations.
    Producers and handlers may submit OCCSP applications to FSA county offices or they may apply through participating state agencies, which will be listed at as their agreements to administer the program are finalized.    
    The FSA OCCSP application form is available at USDA’s eForms site, by selecting “Browse forms” and entering “OCCSP” in the “title or keywords” field on the search page.
    To learn more about organic certification cost share, visit or contact a FSA office by visiting
    Farm Service Agency is an Equal Opportunity Lender. Complaints about discrimination should be sent to: Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250. Visit the Farm Service Agency Web site at: for necessary application forms and updates on USDA programs.