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NIFA makes food safety project funding available

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The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has made $4.8m in funding available for food safety projects.

The funding, through the Food Safety Outreach Program, will address needs of owners and operators of small to mid-sized farms, beginning and socially-disadvantaged farmers, small processors or small fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers.

The program supports projects that encourage participants from local communities, community-based and non-governmental organizations, universities, extension and state and federal agencies.

It provides funding for food safety training and education for small and mid-sized producers and processors affected by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

New projects will focus on addressing knowledge and resource gaps in pre- and post-harvest water testing and sampling, soil amendments and developing supply chain programs and/or food safety plans.

Deadline for applications is June 6.

NIFA has invested more than $7.1m through the Food Safety Outreach Program since 2015.

Sonny Ramaswamy, NIFA director, said: "We’ve successfully expanded the program’s reach through establishment of a National Coordination Center and four regional centers across the US.”

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