Oregon still offering to cover organic grower cost

SALEM — State agriculture officials say that additional funding is available to reimburse Oregon farmers for organic certification costs.

Eligibility is based on certifications dated after October 1, 2007 and through September 30, 2009.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture says that all qualified growers or processors who received organic certification or renewed their certification during the two-year period are encouraged to apply.

Reimbursements are limited to 75 percent of fees paid, with a maximum of $750 for each year, and will be made on a first come-first serve basis.

Authorized by the Farm Bill, the program is designed to assist producers, handlers, and processors of agricultural products in obtaining certification under national organic guidelines.

An estimated 500 to 600 certified organic growers and producers in Oregon are potentially eligible for partial reimbursement.

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