FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Could 17, 2022) – Licensed natural and transitioning to natural agricultural producers and handlers can now apply for the Natural and Transitional Schooling and Certification Program (OTECP) and the Natural Certification Price Share Program (OCCSP). These United States Division of Agriculture (USDA) applications assist producers and handlers cowl natural certification price and different associated bills. Purposes are open now and due October 31, 2022.
The 2 USDA applications cowl prices incurred from October 1, 2021, to September 30, 2022. Natural and transitioning agricultural producers ought to contact their native Farm Service Company (FSA) workplace and/or taking part State company to use. “The FSA, and the USDA broadly, are dedicated to creating certain our Nation’s natural producers and handlers have the instruments they should proceed positively shaping our native and regional meals methods,” mentioned FSA Administrator Zach Ducheneaux.
In accordance with OFRF’s 2022 Nationwide Natural Analysis Agenda (NORA) report, price of natural certification ranked third as a high non-production challenges amongst greater than 1,100 natural producers surveyed. “By serving to with natural certification prices – lengthy recognized as a barrier to certification – USDA has helped producers take part in new markets whereas investing within the long-term well being of their operations,” mentioned Ducheneaux.
The Natural and Transitional Schooling and Certification Program and the Natural Certification Price Share Program are necessary to many natural and transitioning producers. OFRF has put important effort into advocacy to make sure funding for these applications, akin to championing natural provisions included within the 2018 Farm Invoice. Most lately, OFRF and allied organizations authored a gaggle letter of assist to increase final 12 months’s OTECP software due date which was efficiently carried out.
“If somebody is contemplating getting licensed, they need to positively look into this system as it could possibly cut back a few of the monetary burden,” says natural farmer and OFRF Board Chair Bryan Hager. Hager has beforehand participated in the associated fee share program to certify his farm, Crager Hager Farm.
About Natural Farming Analysis Basis
Natural Farming Analysis Basis works to foster the development and widespread adoption of natural farming methods. OFRF cultivates natural analysis, schooling, and federal insurance policies that deliver extra farmers and acreage into natural manufacturing.
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