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 agriculture.vermont.gov/ProduceSafetyGrants. Questions related to Produce Safety Improvement Grants or the FSMA Produce Safety Rule should be directed to Kathryn Donovan at (802) 585-4571 orAGR.SpecialtyCrops@vermont.gov.

Contact Information

Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

116 State Street
Montpelier, Vt 05620-2901
802.828.2430

Program Contacts

  • Media Inquiries                      802.622.4662
  • Licensing & Registration        802.828.2436
  • Business Development          802.828.1619
  • Feed, Seed, Fertilizer & Lime  802.828.2431
  • Working Lands                    802.622.4477
  • Public Health & Resource Management                802.828.2431
  • Laboratory               802.522.3502
  • Food Safety & Consumer Protection                        802.828.2426
    • Animal Health                        802.828.2421
    • Dairy                              802.828.2433
    • Consumer Protection / Weights & Measures        802.828.2433
    • Meat Inspection                    802.828.2426
  • Water Quality                               802.828.2431
    • Farmer Assistance                    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