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Vermont Produce Safety Survey

If you grow, harvest, pack, or hold fresh produce for human consumption, you may be impacted by the FDA's Produce Safety Rule. This rule covers the growing, harvesting, packing and holding of raw agricultural commodities that are commonly consumed raw, such as strawberries, lettuce, melons, and spinach. FDA defines produce as any fruit or vegetable—including mixes of intact fruits and vegetables—as well as mushrooms, sprouts (irrespective of seed source), peanuts, tree nuts, and herbs. 

Visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/vtfsma to take the survey and learn about how your farm may be impacted by FDA’s Produce Safety Rule or call Kristina Sweet at (802) 522-7811 to complete the survey over the phone

  • Who? All Vermont farmers who grow, harvest, pack, or hold fresh produce—even if primarily engaged in another type of farming—should take this survey.
  • What? The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) designed this survey to help farmers determine if they will be impacted by FDA’s Produce Safety Rule, understand their requirements under the rule, and learn about compliance timelines. The Produce Safety Rule, a rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), is now final and will be implemented over the next 1 to 5 years. 
  • Why? Information collected through this survey will help VAAFM understand how farms in Vermont will be impacted by the Produce Safety Rule and better assist farmers in preparing for implementation of the rule.  
  • How? In order to complete this survey, you will need estimates of your farm, business, or organization's annual sales of (a) produce and (b) all food—including animal feed. You will also need general knowledge of your farm, business, or organization’s food safety practices. 

This survey will take approximately 8-10 minutes to complete and is divided into two sections. Section I will help to determine whether you may be subject to Produce Safety Rule, and Section II asks about your farm's food safety practices and certifications so that we may better understand how market demand for produce safety impacts farms in Vermont. 

Contact Kristina Sweet at kristina.sweet@vermont.gov or (802) 522-7811 with comments or questions about this survey.

Produce Safety Pack Shed Design & Construction Videos

Check out these new videos produced by UVM’s Center for Sustainable Agriculture on pack shed design and construction. They star Vermont farmers and offer tips for operations of all sizes and styles. The Vermont Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and USDA Risk Management Agency provided funding for this project.