Will You Be Affected By FSMA?

The FDA is inching closer to implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  On September 10, 2015, the FDA released the final Preventative Controls Rule for food processing facilities.

FMSA is on the minds of many producers and processors, with one of the primary questions being ‘Am I Affected?”  The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition has put together a page attempting to answer that very question.  Obviously, the information there is for informational purposes only and is subject to change as the rules become final and implemented but nonetheless, is a great starting point.  NSAC also has a flow chart to help determine if your farm or business may be subject to the Produce Rule and/or Preventive Controls Rule.

As the FMSA rules begin finalization and implementation, we’re happy to answers any questions you may have as to the impact of the rules on your operation.

EQIP Deadline Approaching

If you are a farmer or rancher interested in soil, water, and/or wildlife conservation, sign-ups for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) are due on or before October 16, 2015.

EQIP is a voluntary conservation program available to private landowners and operators.  Farmers and ranchers may receive financial and technical help to install conservation practices on agricultural land.

There are several options available to producers through EQIP, including cost share and technical assistance to apply conservation measures on cropland and rangeland, animal feeding operations, and establishing or enhancing wildlife habitat.  NRCS staff are available to assist in determining the EQIP options available.