Vermont Produce Safety Improvement Grants Deadline

28 January 2019

The application period for Vermont Produce Safety Improvement Grants (VPSIG) is open untilThursday, January 31st at 12:00pm (noon.)

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets VPSIG program has approximately $60,000 in funding provided through the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and the Castanea Foundation, LLC. Awards will range from $2,000 to $5,000.

Applicants must grow, harvest, pack, or hold “covered produce” as defined by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule and have average annual produce sales of greater than $26,999 over the past three years. Farms that were previously awarded a Produce Safety Improvement Grant are ineligible to apply for a grant in this round.

Eligible use of funds includes, but is not limited to:

  • Harvest, Wash, Pack and Storage: materials and supplies, storage monitoring/control devices
  • Health/Hygiene: handwashing stations, cleaning/sanitization tools, signage, compost/manure handling improvements
  • Training and Record-keeping: materials and systems

The details of this grant program, how to apply and the RFP for this grant round are available at Questions related to Produce Safety Improvement Grants or the FSMA Produce Safety Rule should be directed to Kathryn Donovan at (802) 585-4571

Contact Information

Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

116 State Street
Montpelier, Vt 05620-2901


Program Contacts

  • Media Inquiries                      802.622.4662
  • Licensing & Registration        802.828.2436
  • Business Development          802.828.1619
  • Feed, Seed, Fertilizer & Lime  802.828.5050
  • Working Lands                    802.622.4477
  • Public Health & Resource Management                802.828.2431
  • Laboratory                                  802.585.6073
  • Animal Health                        802.828.2421
  • Dairy                              802.828.2433
  • Consumer Protection / Weights & Measures                           802.828.2433
  • Produce Program                  802.461.5128
  • Meat Inspection                    802.828.2426
  • Water Quality                               802.828.2431
    • Grants                                  802.622.4098
    • Enforcement                                802.828.2431
    • Reports                                      802.272.0323
    • BMP's                                      802.828.3474
  • Act 250                          802.828.2431 
  • Pesticide                        802.828.2431