USDA Organic Certification Cost-Share Programs

The Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) has entered into a cooperative agreement with the Agricultural Marketing Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to reimburse a portion of the cost of organic certification. The agreement is in effect between October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014. Under the terms of this agreement, certified organic producers may be reimbursed 75% of the cost of their new or continued certification, up to a maximum of $750. This is a continuation of a previous cooperative agreement which expired on September 30, 2013. Funding available to reimburse qualified organic growers/producers is $50,000 for the covered period.

In previous years, USDA also offered a cost-share program for handlers; however, that program was no renewed for this grant period.

For the 2014 application form and instructions, click here.

To download a W-9 Form (IRS Taxpayer ID Form) go to:


Hawaii Department of Agriculture
Agricultural Development Division
Market Development Branch
1428 South King Street
Honolulu, HI  96814-2512

Phone: (808) 973-9595
Fax: (808) 973-9590