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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.

Newly certified operations, or currently certified operations who 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.