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Program makes organic certification more affordable

Minnesota organic farmers and processors can apply for a rebate of up to 75 percent of the cost of their organic certification.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the Minnesota Organic Cost Share Program from now until Oct. 31.

Organic certification is a third-party verification system assuring consumers the organic products they buy are produced in accordance with federal organic regulations. Organic operations must follow National Organic Standards and are monitored through review of their records and on-site inspections at least once a year.

To qualify, applicants must be certified organic by a USDA-accredited certifying agency. More info: www.mda.state.mn.us/organic or call 651-201-6012.

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