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Organic Farmers Are in for Some Cash

Organic Farmers Are in for Some Cash

Organic farmers in Illinois will be reimbursed for part of the cost of their federal certification.
The Illinois Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday it will receive $271,800 from the federal government to reimburse organic growers and handlers who receive or renew certification this year.

The reimbursement covers 75 percent of certification costs, up to $750.
Agriculture Director Bob Flider says the funds will help growers who want to enter a rapidly growing market for organically grown products.

Operators must have current U.S. Department of Agriculture organic certification to get reimbursement. That means they must have received initial certification or have incurred expenses related to renewal between Oct. 1, 2013 and Sept. 30.

The money comes from the USDA’s National Organic Certification Cost-Share.

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