Demystifying USDA Programs and Food Safety Certifications

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From the organizers:

Calling all Producers with Livestock or Fruit/Vegetable Operations

Join us to hear about free programs, resources and services offered for producers. Learn how to write a successful grant proposal, identify what food safety certifications exist and what they mean for producers. Get to know what the 5 C’s of credit are and how FSA uses them in our loan making decisions, gain knowledge on the NRCS EQIP ranking process and much more.

The workshop is free and open to all producers or potential producers. Each event will cover the same information, so feel free to register for the event closest to you.

FSA – Farm programs and loans – 1 hour

FSA Loan Team – Discuss the 5 C’s of credit and how this plays into the final loan decision and conducting a couple of farm loan group exercises – 1 hour and 30 minutes

NASS – What is NASS and how the agriculture survey’s/census play into the large scope of USDA – 30 minutes

RD – VAPG and REAP – 1 hour

NRCS – Explaining how EQIP scores/ranks are obtained for applications, discussing what the resource concerns are, what practices fit into each resource concern and discussing NRCS program availabilities/deadlines, etc… – 1 hour and 30 minutes

RMA – Explaining and providing examples/details on Whole Farm Revenue Protection Program – 30 – 45 minutes (waiting on confirmation of attendance)

ACES – Discuss the basic requirements of Harmonized GAP and also what the differences between GAP, GHP, HGAP, and FSMA are, what resources exist for producers to get assistance in preparing for these certifications and explaining what a certification in these areas may mean for a producer, in terms of their ability to sell and market their products – 1 hour

Department of Ag and Industries – Costs of Harmonized GAP, in-depth recordkeeping requirements for this certification, best practices, and an explanation of what an audit for Harmonized GAP certification would look like – 1 hour

Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) – How Farm to School Request for Proposals (75% grant) are ranked/scored and what they are looking for in a well written grant and discuss the process for accepting EBT/SNAP benefits from your farm/farmers market, how long reimbursement takes, etc… – 1 hour and 30 minutes (waiting for final confirmation of the EBT/SNAP benefits segment)

To ensure we have a good head count for refreshments, please register with Cassondra Searight at 334-279-3502 or [email protected]

Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to attend or participate in this workshop should contact Cassondra Searight at 334-279-3501, or by email at [email protected], or Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339,at least five days before the event you are registering for occurs.

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This event is not hosted by ASAN. As one of ASAN’s roles is to share information and resources across our network so as to maximize all of our impact, we routinely post events that we ourselves are not hosting. If you have questions regarding this event, please contact event organizers rather than ASAN.

 

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