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Published October 15, 2010, 12:00 AM

Organic certification share deadline Oct. 30

ST. PAUL – Minnesota organic farmers and processors seeking certification have until Oct. 30 to apply for the 2009-2010 Organic Certification Cost Share Program. The program reimburses up to 75 percent of an organic operation’s certification costs, with a maximum payment of $750.

ST. PAUL – Minnesota organic farmers and processors seeking certification have until Oct. 30 to apply for the 2009-2010 Organic Certification Cost Share Program. The program reimburses up to 75 percent of an organic operation’s certification costs, with a maximum payment of $750.

“Certified organic” is a verified claim, which means an independent organization reviews records and inspects each operation at least once a year to make sure farmers and processors are complying with the national organic standards and consumers are getting what they pay for.

The current program reimburses qualifying expenses incurred between Oct. 1, 2009, and Sept. 30, 2010. Applicants must submit a one-page application form, documentation of 2010 certification and copies of invoices for certification-related costs. Those who did not receive a 2010 certificate before Sept. 30 may include a copy of their most recent organic certificate. All applications must be postmarked by Oct. 30.

An application form and guidelines are available at www.mda.state.mn.us/food/organic or by calling the Minnesota Department of Agriculture at (651) 201-6012.

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