Illinois farmers and other producers who want to use the USDA Organic label may qualify for financial help in getting certified. The Illinois Department of Agriculture is announcing more than $270,000 is available through a USDA cost share program. The program covers three-quarters of the certification cost, up to a $750 reimbursement.

“Using these practices allows you to use the Organic seal in the marketing or labeling activities, and there is a market out there, so it is an increasing market,” says Delayne Reeves, marketing representative and grant manager for the state Agriculture Department.

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Reeves says the nation’s organics market is estimated at $35 billion and growing.

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