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MOFGA Certification Fees

Our Fee Schedule for Service

Certification fees are based on gross income from sale of organic products for the calendar year (Jan – Dec).  Our one fee schedule for all clients is below.

  • There is an additional $75 one-time new applicant fee.
  • Fee covers the cost of the organic inspection.
  • Fee covers the cost of one certification scope (crops, livestock, processing/handling, or wild crop).  If your annual income from organic sales exceeds $60K, you will be charged an additional $150.00 per scope.
  • 2021 Applicant Fee Form

Cost Share and Your Actual Out-of-Pocket Expense for Certification

In 2020 USDA reduced the maximum reimbursement amounts in the Federal Organic Cost Share Program to 50% up to $500 per scope. We are hopeful this funding will be restored to its intended levels in 2021 (75% up to $750 per scope) but at this time we are not able to guarantee that. To further offset the cost of certification for small organic producers and processor/handlers, MOFGA offers a rebate to those MOFGA Certification Services clients who gross less than $10K per year in organic sales.

MCS handles cost share submissions directly with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry (MDACF). MCS producers do not need to apply directly through USDA’s FSA offices. MCS submits on behalf of all certified producers who have paid their fees in full by the MCS submission deadlines (6/30 and 9/30). Newly certified operations, or currently certified operations who have not submitted previously, or have had a change of name or address, must file the W-9 form directly with the state in order to receive the reimbursement.

The form must be sent or emailed to: Debbie Davis, Office Associate II Division of Animal and Plant Health Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry 28 State House Station Augusta, ME 04333-0028. Phone: (207) 287-3891 Email: Debbie.Davis@maine.gov

The table below illustrates the out-of-pocket expense for certifying a single scope operation, such as a direct-market vegetable farm. For a more expansive explanation of cost share and out-of-pocket expenses click here.

*After cost share rebate (one scope) and MOFGA rebate (for income under $10K). Cost share rebate is calculated at $500 maximum or up to 50% per scope. Producers with multiple scopes will see a larger refund. USDA reduced the maximum reimbursement amounts in 2020 to 50% up to $500 per scope. We are hopeful this funding will be restored to its intended levels in 2021 (75% up to $750 per scope) but at this time we are not able to guarantee that. PLEASE NOTE: Fees must be paid to MCS in full and not at the out-of-pocket cost.