Federal grants aim to increase food safety through science-based training across U.S.

Federal grants aim to increase food safety through science-based training across U.S.

Veteran farmers and small produce farmers are among the food producers who can benefit from special food safety training paid for with $10 million in new grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

Through the grants, administered by the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), growers, ranchers and other small-to midsized operations will gain access to training, technical assistance and other tools to help them meet requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011.

In all, 21 grants across the country will be designed to assist beginning farmers, socially disadvantaged farmers, veteran farmers, and small produce merchant wholesalers.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 48 million people in this country get sick from foodborne illnesses each year. Education and outreach are essential for ensuring our food supply is safe from the field to the table,” said NIFA Director Carrie Castille in the grant announcement.

“NIFS’s integrated approach to enhancing food safety practices includes multi-state coordination, community outreach and collaborative projects that enable small-scale processors to get the support they need,” she said.”

“This program helps deliver critical training and resources that equip our small business owners with tools to provide safe, high-quality food, strengthen their businesses and contribute to national nutrition security.”

The Food Safety Outreach Competitive Grant Program awards grants in three categories: Multistate Education and Training projects; Community Outreach projects; and Collaborative Engagement Supplements. In the federal fiscal year 2021, NiFA made 13 Collaborative Education and Training project awards, four Community Outreach project awards and four Regional enter awards.

Following are the grant-funded projects for this fiscal year.

Title Initial


Award Yr
Grant Yr Prop No Investigator Institution View
PHASE II FSMA EXPERIMENTAL LEARNING OUTREACH PROGRAM FOR SOCIALLY DISADVANTAGED FARMERS IN RURAL ALABAMA, GEORGIA, AND MISSISSIPPI 2021 2021 2021-05763 Chaverest, E. ALABAMA A&M UNIVERSITY


NORMAL, ALABAMA
BriefFull
BUILDING A FOOD SAFETY TRAINING PROGRAM TO EMPOWER DISADVANTAGED PRODUCERS IN ALABAMA 2021 2021 2021-05761 Hall, J. AUBURN UNIVERSITY


AUBURN, ALABAMA
BriefFull
SOUTHERN REGIONAL CENTER FOR FOOD SAFETY TRAINING, OUTREACH AND LEAD REGIONAL COORDINATION CENTER 2021 2021 2021-05641 Schneider, K. R. UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA


GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA
BriefFull
ENGAGING ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER (AAPI) GROWER EDUCATIONAL NEEDS FOR SAFE FRUIT & VEGETABLE PRODUCTION IN HI & CA 2021 2021 2021-05652 Wages, S. A. UNIV OF HAWAII


HONOLULU, HAWAII
BriefFull
COLLABORATIVE FOOD SAFETY EDUCATION AND TRAINING FOR THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING FARMERS IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST 2021 2021 2021-05650 Ryu, D. UNIV OF IDAHO


MOSCOW, IDAHO
BriefFull
DEVELOPING AN ACTIVE-LEARNING OUTREACH PROGRAM TO SUPPORT SMALL AND VERY-SMALL DRIED FRUIT PROCESSORS� FOOD SAFETY MANAGEMENT 2021 2021 2021-05764 Feng, Y. PURDUE UNIVERSITY


WEST LAFAYETTE, INDIANA
BriefFull
ENSURING FOOD SAFETY COMPETENCY OF PRODUCE GROWERS AND PROCESSORS IN THE NCR THROUGH EXPANDED COLLABORATION WITH DIVERSIFIED POPULATIONS 2021 2021 2021-05667 Shaw, A. M. IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY


AMES, IOWA
BriefFull
JUMPSTART TO FARM FOOD SAFETY – FARM FOOD SAFETY PLANNING FOR SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED FARMS 2021 2021 2021-05610 Machado, R. UNIVERSITY OF MAINE


ORONO, MAINE
BriefFull
TRAIN: TARGETED RESOURCES ADDRESSING IDENTIFIED NEEDS IN MARYLAND WORKER FOOD SAFETY TRAINING VIA ON-FARM PILOTING OF A MIXED MEDIA TOOLKIT 2021 2021 2021-05651 Henley, S. UNIV OF MARYLAND


COLLEGE PARK, MARYLAND
BriefFull
TRAINING BEGINNING, IMMIGRANT, AND ORGANIC SPECIALTY CROP PRODUCERS IN FSMA COMPLIANCE TO ACCESS WHOLESALE AND INSTITUTIONAL MARKETS 2021 2021 2021-05646 Hashley, J. TUFTS UNIVERSITY


N. GRAFTON, MASSACHUSETTS
BriefFull
SANITATION CONTROL PRACTITIONER PROGRAM (SCPP)- THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN EDUCATION SANITATION PROGRAM FOR SMALL PROCESSORS 2021 2021 2021-05644 Kinchla, A. J. UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS


AMHERST, MASSACHUSETTS
BriefFull
CUSTOMIZING CURRENT GOOD MANUFACTURING PRACTICES TRAINING AND EDUCATION FOR SMALL AND VERY SMALL FOOD FACILITIES ACROSS THE U.S. 2021 2021 2021-05759 Chaves Elizondo, B. UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA


LINCOLN, NEBRASKA
BriefFull
GROWING THE CULTURE, COLLABORATION, AND CAPACITY OF FARMER TO FARMER FOOD SAFETY TRAININGS 2021 2021 2021-05645 Dominguez, C. La Semilla Food Center


Anthony, NEW MEXICO
BriefFull
ITIPS: INTERACTIVE TOOLS TO IMPROVE THE PRACTICE OF FOOD SAFETY 2021 2021 2021-05654 Flores, N. NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY


LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO
BriefFull
INCREASING ACCESSIBILITY OF FOOD SAFETY RESOURCES FOR FARMERS AND SMALL FOOD PROCESSORS IN NORTHWEST NEW MEXICO 2021 2021 2021-05769 Reyes, L. SAN JUAN COLLEGE


FARMINGTON, NEW MEXICO
BriefFull
MULTI-MODAL DAIRY FOOD SAFETY PLAN EDUCATION TO SUPPORT SMALL AND MEDIUM DAIRY PRODUCERS 2021 2021 2021-05658 Alcaine, S. CORNELL UNIVERSITY


ITHACA, NEW YORK
BriefFull
DIVERSIFIED FARM FSMA TRAINING INITIATIVE 2021 2021 2021-05659 McSwain, K. CAROLINA FARM STEWARDSHIP ASSOCIATION


PITTSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA
BriefFull
WESTERN REGIONAL CENTER TO ENHANCE FOOD SAFETY: FOSTERING COLLABORATION THROUGH CONTINUED FOOD SAFETY EDUCATION AND STAKEHOLDER SUPPORT 2021 2021 2021-05670 Kovacevic, J. OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY


CORVALLIS, OREGON
BriefFull
CLOSING THE GAPS: FOOD SAFETY EDUCATION AND OUTREACH TO UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES IN THE LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY 2021 2021 2021-05668 Yemmireddy, V. K. UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS-PAN AMERICAN


EDINBURG, TEXAS
BriefFull
NORTHEAST CENTER TO ADVANCE FOOD SAFETY (NECAFS) 2021 2021 2021-05640 Newbold, E. J. UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT


BURLINGTON, VERMONT
BriefFull
INTERTRIBAL PRODUCE-FOOD SAFETY TRAINING FOR FARM-GROWN AND TRADITIONAL FOODS 2021 2021 2021-05762 Mears, J. WISCONSIN TRIBAL CONSERVATION ADVISORY COUNCIL, INC.


ONEIDA, WISCONSIN
BriefFull

About NIFA: The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture invests in and advances agricultural research, education, and Extension Services across the nation to make transformative discoveries that solve societal challenges. NIFA supports initiatives that ensure the long-term viability of agriculture and applies an integrated approach to ensure that groundbreaking discoveries in agriculture-related sciences and technologies reach the people who can put them into practice. In the federal fiscal year 2020, NIFA’s total investment was $1.95 billion.

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