The USDA will provide 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.

For each year, the new Food Safety Certification for Specialty Crops program (FSCSC) covers a percentage of the specialty crop operation’s cost of obtaining or renewing their certification, as well as a portion of their related expenses.

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The comment period closing date associated with revisions on Pre-harvest Product Testing in the LGMA-approved guidelines has been extended to June 15, 2022 to grant interested parties additional time to draft proposed revisions to the metrics or submit comments. Western Growers will host a web discussion to publicly present and discuss all proposed changes and comments received during the comment period. The webinar date will be confirmed once the comment period concludes.

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