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Going organic gets easier - USDA unveils support package


The USDA is unveiling a new support package designed to make organic farming a more achievable goal for American farmers. These initiatives aim to address the challenges that often deter producers from transitioning to organic practices.

A key program is the Organic Market Development Grant, which awards funding to projects that promote organic products and create new market opportunities. The USDA recently awarded $24.8 million in grants and plans to award an additional $10 million soon.

Another initiative is the NRCS Organic Expertise Program, a partnership with organizations like Oregon Tilth. This program provides $5 million to support training and technical assistance for organic producers, equipping them with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed.

Additionally, the USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers the Organic Certification Cost Share program. This program helps ease the financial burden of organic certification by covering up to 75% of the costs.

By providing financial support, training opportunities, and market development assistance, the USDA aims to make organic farming more accessible and encourage the growth of the organic sector in the United States.

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