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State is reimbursing farmers for compostState is reimbursing farmers for compost

Washington will distribute $1 million to encourage the practice.

Farm Press Staff

August 4, 2023

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Compost.Tiffany Woods/Oregon State University

Washington state is seeking to encourage on-farm compost use by distributing $1 million through its new Compost Reimbursement Program.

All commercial farmers, silviculturists and aquaculturists are eligible for the program, which will distribute funds annually on a first-come, first-serve basis, according to the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

Participants must agree to conduct soil sampling before and for several years following the compost application. Additionally, the compost must be purchased from a business with a solid waste handling permit.

Producers must first apply to and be approved for the program, ensuring that their business and compost source are eligible. Once approved, program participants must sign a grant agreement contract and conduct pre-application soil sampling before applying the compost. After expenses are incurred, applicants will submit a reimbursement application for their total expenses. The expenses are then calculated and the applicant is reimbursed for 50 percent of their expenses, not to exceed $10,000 total per business.

WSDA anticipates accepting applications beginning in September. But producers can sign up now to be notified once the application period opens. Applications will continue to be accepted until the allotted funds are spent each fiscal year, which runs from July through June.

The Washington State Legislature established the Compost Reimbursement Program earlier this year when they passed and funded Revised Code of Washington 15.04.420. WSDA has been setting up the infrastructure since then and will begin accepting applications once the infrastructure is in place to collect, process, and reimburse the grant applications.

Learn more about the Compost Reimbursement Program on WSDA’s website or email [email protected].

Source: Washington State Department of Agriculture

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