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Food safety education grants awarded

The USDA NIFA grants go to provide education for producers and processors impacted by Food Safety Modernization Act.

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced awards to provide food safety education for producers and processors affected by the Food Safety Modernization Act. Funding is provided through the NIFA’s Food Safety Outreach Program.  

“Education and outreach are essential for the continued implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act, as foodborne illness is both a public health problem and a threat to the economic well-being of any food system,” said NIFA Director Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy. “With a multi-layered approach of multi-state, community outreach, and pilot projects, small farmers, wholesalers, and small-scale processors can increase their bottom line while meeting the critical need of food safety in the United States.” 

The FSOP supports projects that focus on the implementation of customized training to small and mid-sized farms, beginning farmers, socially-disadvantaged farmers, small processors, and small fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers. Awards are made under three categories: Multistate Education and Training Projects, Community Outreach Projects, and Pilot Projects.

There are 25 awards totaling $4.7 million funded through the FSOP in fiscal year 2017: 

Pilot Projects:

  • Brothers Excelling with Self-sufficiency to Thrive (BEST), Greensboro, North Carolina, $54,126
  • University of California – Davis, Davis, California, $21,687
  • Dakota College at Bottineau, Bottineau, North Dakota, $55,000
  • Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, $18,632
  • Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, $55,000
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, $54,841 
  • Project details can be found at the NIFA website

Community Outreach and Education:

  • Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, $152,603
  • California Certified Organic Farmers Inc., Santa Cruz, California, $120,426
  • University of California – Davis, Davis, California, $163,499
  • Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Pittsboro, North Carolina, $164,399
  • FamilyFarmed, Chicago, Illinois, $84,277
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, $164,993
  • University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, $165,000
  • Ohio State University, Wooster, Ohio, $200,000
  • Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, $199,899
  • Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee, $164,980
  • Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama, $133,299
  • Winrock International Inst. For Agric. Development, Arlington, Virginia, $165,000
  • Project details can be found at the NIFA website.

Multistate Education and Training Projects:

  • Alabama A&M University, Normal, Alabama, $450,000
  • University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, $256,322 
  • N Y Agricultural Expt. Station, Geneva, New York, $449,488
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, $396,644
  • University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, $366,152
  • Global Growers Network, Inc., Stone Mountain, Georgia, $305,944
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, $398,442
  • Project details can be found at the NIFA website.          

NIFA reviews all proposals accepted in NIFA’s competitive grant programs through an external peer review process. Specific details on panel meetings, review formats, and evaluation criteria may vary among programs.


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