AMS allocates $5 million to the
National Organic Cost Share Program

Notice in federal register announces Dec. 31 deadline for states

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NOV. 11, 2002: According to the November 1, 2002 federal register, "The Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) has allocated $5 million to the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program. This program provides financial assistance to organic crop or livestock producers and handlers "to become certified under the National Organic Standards program." The money will be available to "all interested states" but states must apply before the December 31, 2002 deadline to become eligible. Once eligible states can allocate up to $500 (or 75% of costs) to their individual producers to offset costs of certification. Contact your state agriculture department today and make sure they are beginning the application process. States wanting to participate should contact Robert Pooler, Marketing Specialist - National Organic Program to obtain necessary applications and information. He can be reached at (202) 720-3252 or email To read the announcement from the federal registry see:


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