Vermont Produce Safety Improvement Grants

October 2021 Update

Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets Produce Program is providing Vermont produce farms with new harvest crates, storage bins, and cleaning supplies to improve produce safety and efficiency. In 2021, the Produce Program will provide needed produce safety supplies directly to farms, rather than providing financial assistance in the form of a Produce Safety Improvement Grant. Learn more and apply for a Produce Safety Supply Kit by Friday, October 22nd at 12 PM.

For more information about the Produce Safety Improvement Grant history, program impact, and recent application cycles, see below.

Program Overview

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 

Applications are currently closed. Stay tuned for future Produce Safety Improvement Grant opportunities by enrolling your farm in the Vermont Produce Portal

Request For Applications (RFA) Released: November 1, 2019

Application Deadline: December 9, 2019, at 11:59 pm 

Click here to download the most recent Request For Applications (RFA).

Program Impact

To date, the Vermont Produce Safety Improvement Grant program has awarded $307,665 in grants to 47 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

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
802.461.5128 

This program is supported by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award U18FD005897 totaling $3,334,413. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by FDA/HHS, or the U.S. Government.

This program is supported by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award U2FFD007405 totaling $491,500. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by FDA/HHS, or the U.S. Government.