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US: Vermont produce growers awarded $60,000 to make food safety improvements

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) awards $60,000 to 13 Vermont produce growers making on-farm improvements that prevent or reduce produce safety risks. VAAFM’s Produce Program issued a third round of Vermont Produce Safety Improvement Grant) funding to help producers continue to grow food safely, efficiently and economically.

Grants were awarded through a competitive process in this round to 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. reports that to date, the Vermont Produce Safety Improvement Grant program has awarded $208,000 in grants to 30 Vermont farms. Each round saw an impressive range of applications and, due to high demand, not everyone who applied was able to receive funding.

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