Deadline:  All applications received by TDA before close of business (5:00 p.m. CT) on Monday, November 2, 2020 have been processed. 

The next round of funding is contingent upon federal appropriations. 

The cost share program will be conducted on a first come, first served basis.

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) has a cooperative agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide cost share assistance to producers, processors, distributors or other handlers of organic agricultural products.

  1. Texas-based organic producers (crops, wild crops, and/or livestock) and/or handlers are eligible to participate in the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP).

  2. Operations must possess current USDA organic certification to be eligible to receive reimbursements. 
    1. Current means that one of the following must have happened between October 1, 2019 and September 30, 2020:
      1. must have successfully received their initial USDA organic certification from a USDA-accredited certifying agent; or
      2. must have incurred expenses related to the renewal of their USDA organic certification from a USDA-accredited certifying agent.

  3. Operations with suspended or revoked certifications are ineligible for reimbursement. The applicable NOCCSP regulations and resources for certification are available on the NOCCSP website at www.ams.usda.gov/nop.

WARNING: The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is also offering this NOCCSP. Eligible entities described above may only receive ONE cost-share per organic certificate or category of certification from TDA or FSA, not both. TDA will work with FSA to ensure duplicate awards are not made. If a duplicate award is made, FSA will be the agency to seek collections. 

Application Materials
The next application cycle will be posted when TDA receives notice of federal appropriations.
Contact Information
Grants Office
Kat Neilson
(512) 463-6695

Julia Rico
(512) 463-7448


How do I get certified by TDA?

Click Here: TDA Organic Certification Program

Payment Amount

Payments are limited to 50% (fifty percent) of an individual producer’s certification costs, up to a maximum of $500 (five hundred dollars) per certificate or category of certification, per year. Eligible operations may receive one reimbursement per year per certificate or certification scope (if one certificate includes multiple scope certifications). Each certificate may be reimbursed separately. Likewise, each category of certification may be reimbursed separately.

Example with one certificate
Scenario 1 
Certificate cost - $1500 x 50% = $750
Cost Share = $500 (maximum) 

Scenario 2 
Certificate cost -  $630 x 50% = $315
Cost Share = $315