The Agricultural Marketing Service wants to help growers in 16 states either obtain organic certification or continue their organic certification through $1.425 million in cost-share funds.
The state departments of agriculture in the respective states would first have to apply for the funds before they're avaialble to their growers, according to a Federal Register notice.
Those states are Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming.
The funds were authorized by the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture limits cost-share to 75 percent of an individual producer's certification costs up to a maximum of $750.
Interested producers should contact their state department of agriculture.