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Produce Program

Produce Safety Special Feature: Getting to Know Vermont’s Agricultural Water

November 5, 2018

The Vermont Produce Program dove deep into agricultural water this past summer to better understand the PSR’s current water requirements for water sampling, developed water sampling resources, and toured Vermont’s agricultural water sources with produce growers, University of Vermont Extension, and FDA.

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.

On-Farm Readiness Reviews

An On-Farm Readiness Review (OFRR) is a non-regulatory, free assessment of a farm’s readiness for inspection under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. This is an opportunity for an individualized one-on-one conversation and farm walk-around with the Produce Safety Program from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, & Markets and Produce Safety Specialists from University of Vermont (UVM) Extension. The reviewers will evaluate pre-harvest, harvest, and post-harvest conditions and practices.

Vermont Produce Program

Mission & Vision

The Vermont Produce Program works with fruit and vegetable farms to enhance produce safety and promote public health. Our vision is a safe, local, and thriving Vermont produce industry. 

The Vermont Produce Program can help you to:

Produce Safety Resources

The resource headlines which begin with "Subpart" specifically related to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule subparts. However, even if your farm is not covered under the Produce Safety Rule, you will still find these resources useful to grow produce safety, increase efficiency, and improve work flow on your farm.

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