February 2018 Blog Posts

February 6, 2018 •
Liz Henderson

Seeking member from CT, VT, RI and NH for Domestic Fair Trade Committee!

The NOFA Interstate Council has a committee on Domestic Fair Trade The DFT Committtee has as its mission to serve as an incubator acting across NOFA-nation, encouraging the development of domestic fair trade principles as enumerated by the DFTA (of which NOFA is a founding member)....

February 6, 2018 •
Dominique Giroux, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, & Markets

Produce Safety Rule Deadline, High Demand Prompts Second Round of Improvement Grants

January 26, 2018 marks the first major compliance date for farms covered by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. Farms that grow, harvest, pack, or hold produce with greater than $500,000 in annual produce sales must be in compliance with the rule’s standards for on-farm produce safety practices beginning Friday. To assist growers in making on-farm improvements that prevent or reduce produce safety risks, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) launched the Vermont Produce Safety Improvement Grant Program, which recently awarded eight grants of between $7,000 and $10,000 to Vermont growers to make on-farm food safety improvements. Growers will have another opportunity to apply for Produce Safety Improvement Grants beginning February 28, 2018 at 9:00 AM.