Produce Program

Vermont Produce Program

The Vermont Produce Program is a cross-divisional team within the Agency of Agricultural working to support produce growers in the areas of market development, market access, and produce safety.

Produce Portal
All Vermont farms that grow, harvest, pack, or hold produce are encouraged to sign up for the Vermont Produce Portal to access resources including regular policy and news updates on produce safety requirements, the opportunity to request an On-Farm Readiness Review—a voluntary, non-regulatory assessment of a farm’s produce safety readiness prior to inspection—and eligibility to apply for Vermont Produce Safety Improvement Grants to help pay for on-farm improvements. Access the Produce Portal here
Vermont Produce Safety Improvement Grants
Vermont Produce Safety Improvement Grants support Vermont produce growers in implementing on-farm improvements to help prevent or reduce produce safety risks. Click here to see whether the current grant round is accepting applications. 
Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule requires that at least one responsible party from every covered farm receive training under an FDA-recognized curriculum. The Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training Course satisfies this requirement. To view upcoming trainings, visit the Produce Safety Alliance.
Produce Safety News
Visit this link for the latest produce safety news from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets.  
Produce Safety
The Vermont Produce Program's mission is to help to grow Vermont’s produce industry by aiding produce farms of all sizes and stages of development to meet food safety requirements, access markets, and promote public health as sustainable agricultural businesses.
Food Safety Modernization Act
The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is the most comprehensive reform of our federal food safety laws in over 70 years. The intent of the law is to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to foodborne illness to preventing it.

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program
Vermont Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) funds enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops including fruits and vegetables, honey, maple, hops, Christmas trees and nursery crops.
Additional Resources & Partners


Funding for development of this program was made possible, in part, by the Food and Drug Administration through grant PAR-16-137. The views expressed in written materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does any mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organization imply endorsement by the United States Government.