Webinar Offers Guidance on Food Safety Certification for Specialty Crops

USDA’s Farm Service Agency is hosting a webinar in partnership with Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and the National Association for State departments of Agriculture (NASDA), to provide information about USDA’s Food Safety Certification for Specialty Crops (FSCSC) Program, which provides financial assistance to specialty crop producers who obtained or renewed an on-farm food safety plan or food safety certification. Please see the event details below.

Title: Expanding Market Access: Financial Assistance through USDA’s Food Safety Certification for Specialty Crops (FSCSC) Program

Description: Do you grow specialty crops on your farm or ranch? Have you sold less than $500,000 worth of specialty crops, each year, for the past three years? If so, Farm Service Agency (FSA), has a program to help reimburse you for a portion of the expenses associated with obtaining or renewing your on-farm food safety plan and certification! U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing up to $200 million in assistance for specialty crop producers who incur eligible on-farm food safety program expenses to obtain or renew a food safety certification in calendar years 2022 or 2023. Join this webinar to learn about Food Safety Certification guidelines for specialty crop growers, as well as program and eligibility details for the FSA Food Safety Certification for Specialty Crops (FSCSC) Program to help offset some of the costs associated with food safety certification expenses.

Target Audiences: Specialty crop growers and stakeholder organizations that provide support to specialty crop growers

Day/Time: November 3 from 2–3 p.m. EST

Register in advance for this webinar: https://www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_v4FQsCFLROmC8ZvuZ73VrA.