Local Food Safety Collaborative
Needs Assessment Reports
National Farmers Union and Cornell University are excited to share the results of a multi-year, two tier Needs Assessment designed to better understand the needs of local produce farmers and processors on food safety implementation. With funding from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Local Food Safety Collaborative (LFSC) project aims to assist local producers and processors with produce safety implementation by conducting outreach, providing educational resources and conducting trainings/workshops for produce farmers and processors across the country. As part of LFSC, Cornell University and the National Farmers Union developed and distributed a Survey to local, small-scale processors and produce farmers. Using the results of the survey, a series of listening sessions were organized to verify and further clarify this audience's needs. The listening sessions were held in person and provided an opportunity to report on their food safety knowledge, challenges to implementation, and needs for additional resources.