DEADLINE APPROACHING: Apply by February 4, 2022 to USDA's Farm Service Agency for OTECP

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Certified Organic and Transitioning Operations May Apply for Pandemic Support Through USDA's Farm Service Agency

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended the deadline for agricultural producers who are certified organic, or transitioning to organic, to apply for the Organic and Transitional Education and Certification Program (OTECP). This program provides pandemic assistance to cover certification and education expenses. The deadline to apply for 2020 and 2021 eligible expenses is Feb. 4, 2022.

“We listened to feedback from our stakeholders and are happy to provide organic producers, and those transitioning their operations, enough time to learn about the program and complete the application,” said Zach Ducheneaux, FSA Administrator.

Signup for OTECP, administered by USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), began Nov. 8.

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