Vermont Produce Safety Improvement Grants

Program Purpose

Vermont Produce Safety Improvement Grants help Vermont produce growers implement on-farm food safety practices, transition to compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, and meet market demands for on-farm food safety.

Eligibility

This grant is available to farms that are subject to the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. To be eligible, farms must—
  • Grow, harvest, pack or hold “covered produce” as defined by the Produce Safety Rule;
  • Have annual produce sales, averaged over the past three years, of greater than $27,528 [1]; and
  • Have enrolled in the Vermont Produce Portal.

How to Apply

This funding opportunity closed on January 31, 2019. To be notified of future grant rounds, enroll in the Produce Portal.

To learn more about the most recent grant round, download the Produce Safety Improvement Grant Program 2019 Request for Proposals (RFP).

Program Impact

To date, the Vermont Produce Safety Improvement Grant program has awarded $208,000 in grants to 30 Vermont farms. Read the 2018 Produce Safety Improvement Grant Impact Report

[1] A farm with an average annual monetary value of produce sold during the previous 3-year period of less than $25,000, adjusted for inflation using 2011 as the baseline year for calculating the adjustment, is not covered by the Produce Safety Rule. The average 3-year value for 2016–2018 is $27,528. See FSMA Inflation Adjusted Cut Offs for additional information.

Program Contact

Gina Clithero
gina.clithero@vermont.gov
(802) 585-6225

WebGrants Technical Assistance

Diana Ferguson
diana.ferguson@vermont.gov
(802) 622-4094

Melissa Moon
melissa.moon@vermont.gov
(802) 828-3828

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Contact Information

Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

116 State Street
Montpelier, Vt 05620-2901
802.828.2430

Vermont Produce Program

AGR.FSMA@vermont.gov
(802) 522-3132

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.