Do you need help financing your organic certification? You may be able to qualify for as much as 75 percent of the cost (up to $750) under the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program! Organic producers, handlers and processors must be certified by a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) accredited certifying agent. The cost share program is on a first-come, first-served basis for qualified applicants. Interested persons should apply as soon as possible because only $25,000 is available. Certification costs must be incurred during the period October 1, 2008 through September 30, 2009. Applications must be submitted no later than September 30, 2009. For further details, contact Wayne Marks at or by phone at 800-786-0175.

– courtesy Georgia Micro-Enterprise Network