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The state’s Department of Agriculture is once again offering its Organic Transition Cost Share program to farmers.

The program reimburses Minnesota farmers transitioning their land or livestock to certified organic status, according to a statement from the MDA. The agency will pay part of the cost to work with the USDA accredited organic certifying agency during the transition period, a process that can last for years.

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“Usually, farmers don’t contact a certifying agency until they think they’re finished with the transition,” said Meg Moynihan, the program’s administrator, in a prepared statement.

Farmers can request reimbursement for soil testing costs and registration fees to attend an organic education conference in Minnesota or a neighboring state. Farmers moving toward operating organically can get a 75 percent rebate on eligible costs, with the maximum payment being $750 per year for three years, or until the farmer receives organic certification, whichever comes first.

For more information, or application forms, go to mda.state.mn.us/organic or call (651) 201-6012.

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