A Young Farmer’s Perspective: The Local Food Safety Collaborative’s Need Assessment Reports

November 4, 2019Blog

By Maggie Kaiser, Farmer, Produce Safety Coordinator, National Young Farmers Coalition. The National Farmers Union’s Local Food Safety Collaborative (LFSC) and Cornell University recently released the results of their multi-year, two tier local food producer Needs Assessment reports. The newly released Needs Assessment reports detail the food safety practices, knowledge, attitudes, barriers, and needs of … Read More

How Some Cooperatives Are Helping Farmers to Manage Produce Safety

October 31, 2019Blog

By Hunter Free, National Farmers Union Intern Are you a farmer looking to lower your farm’s capital costs? Do you need help staying up to date on food safety best practices or regulatory requirements? Cooperatives across the country are fulfilling these needs for their members! For the last 55 years, October has been celebrated as … Read More

Time, Money, Infrastructure to Comply with Food Safety Requirements Among Top Concerns for Produce Growers

October 22, 2019Blog, News, Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOctober 21, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Although local food producers are broadly committed to food safety on their operations, there are still some barriers to implementing food safety best practices, according to a Needs Assessment Report released today by National Farmers Union Foundation’s Local Food Safety Collaborative (LFSC) and Cornell … Read More

Farm Walk Series: Regenerative Agriculture and Food Safety at Spoon Full Farm

August 23, 2019Blog

By Teri Rakusin, Farm Program Intern, Tilth Alliance, with support from Allison Kaika, National Farmers Union Intern  Tilth Alliance is a non-profit organization based in Seattle, Washington that focuses on organic gardening and urban ecology. They provide classes, learning gardens and farms, and community programming for the purpose of building an ecologically sound, economically viable, and … Read More

Kentucky Horticulture Council “Tests the Waters” of Food Safety

August 5, 2019Blog

By Cindy Finneseth, PhD, with support from Allison Kaika, National Farmers Union Intern As a part of the Local Food Safety Collaborative (LFSC)’s work on produce safety outreach to farmers, education and training, Kentucky Horticulture Council (KHC) and its partners have put together a project to teach Kentucky’s produce farmers about requirements for testing agricultural … Read More

State Agencies Offer Readiness Reviews for FSMA Inspections

July 24, 2019Blog

This article was written by Kate Prengaman and originally posted on the Good Fruit Grower website. Prengaman is the editor for Good Fruit Grower, writing articles for the print magazine and website. Here, she covers an On-Farm Readiness Review in Grandview, Washington where growers gathered together to learn about compliance with the Food Safety Modernization … Read More

My Washington Adventure with the National Young Farmers Coalition

June 26, 2019Blog

This blog was written by Connie Fisk, Ph.D. and was originally published on her blog, “Food Adventures with Connie“.* Fisk traveled to Washington State with the National Young Farmers Coalition as a part of a series of food safety workshops and trainings. She shares her experience with travel, food and and food safety education for … Read More

From the Farm: Historic White Oak Pastures Embraces a Food Safety Culture

May 28, 2019Blog

By Camilla Posthill, FSMA Project Coordinator, National Farmers Union. National Farmers Union and the Local Food Safety Collaborative are working with family farmers across the country to help keep our food safe. In our “From the Farm” blog series, we’re bringing you food safety stories, opinions, best practices and lessons learned from family farmers across the … Read More

Starting from Scratch: Learning about Food Safety with LFSC

May 1, 2019Blog, News

What do Spring and interns have in common? Both arrive every year, bringing new energy and a fresh, vibrant perspective. Our interns make a lasting impact on the work we do and they help to further our mission of supporting family farmers across the country through food safety outreach, education and training. In this blog … Read More

From the Farm: Heifer Ranch Talks Food Safety

February 27, 2019Blog

By Kira Zimmerman, National Farmers Union Intern National Farmers Union and the Local Food Safety Collaborative are working with family farmers across the country to help keep our food safe. In our “From the Farm” blog series, we’re bringing you food safety stories, opinions, and lessons learned from family farmers across the country! Meet farmer Sean … Read More

CDC Blanket Romaine Recall Hurts Small Farms

December 7, 2018Blog

This blog was originally posted on farmersguild.org and we were given permission to share on our website. Co-Authors for this blog are Kali Feiereisel, Dave Runsten and Evan Wiig of Farmers Guild Last week, the U.S. government issued a blanket “do not eat” warning for produce. As in the 2006 spinach outbreak, the Centers for Disease … Read More

So TAN Guidance Isn’t Legally Binding…Now What?

November 15, 2018Blog

By Sarah Vaile, Research Attorney, Farm Commons  The Technical Assistance Network , otherwise known as “TAN,” are the people over at FDA whose job it is to help you understand the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). But, what if I tell you that the guidance TAN offers is not legally-binding? You may be surprised, but it’s … Read More

FSMA Readiness: Physical and Chemical Risks

October 25, 2018Blog

By Liza Ayres, LFSC Intern, National Farmers Union Farming inevitably presents produce safety risks, but increased knowledge and action can help farmers reduce liabilities and maintain successful operations. Previous blogs in this series explained the biological risks that can occur due to bacterial growth or other pathogens, but because food safety hazards can take a … Read More

FSMA Readiness: Produce Safety Risks from Parasites

October 16, 2018Blog

By Jake Stukenberg, LFSC Intern, National Farmers Union After discussion of bacteria and viruses we’ll be wrapping up the types of biological hazards that the FSMA Produce Safety Rule covers today. The third type of pathogen that the Produce Safety Rule aims to reduce is parasites. Parasites are protozoa or intestinal worms that can only … Read More

FSMA Readiness: Produce Safety Risks from Viruses

October 9, 2018Blog

By Jake Stukenberg, LFSC Intern, National Farmers Union When it comes to produce safety, much of the risk is caused by things a grower could never see with the naked eye. Last week we talked about the risks bacteria pose to produce and strategies to reduce the risks associated with them. This week we’re moving … Read More

FSMA Readiness: Produce Safety Risks from Bacteria

October 2, 2018Blog

By Jake Stukenberg, LFSC Intern, National Farmers Union As we mentioned last week, produce safety risks can come in many different forms on a farm. Farmers must be aware of these risks and work hard to minimize them. With knowledge, education, and action, a farmer can take easy steps to reduce risk on their operation. … Read More

FSMA Readiness: What are Produce Safety Risks?

September 26, 2018Blog

By Jake Stukenberg, LFSC Intern, National Farmers Union Regardless of a farm’s size or scale, food safety is a priority on every operation. All farmers have an obligation to provide the safest product possible, and while many may think their current practices are sufficient in preventing foodborne illness, there is always new information or research … Read More

From the Field: Iowa Farmers Union Hosts FSMA Field Day

August 31, 2018Blog

By Laura Funk Kopecky, Iowa Farmers Union The sound of insects buzzing filled the air as nearly 20 participants – farmers, Iowa Farmers Union staff, and Iowa State University Extension personnel – crowded curiously around a high tunnel building bursting with the vibrant greens, yellows, and reds of a robust tomato crop. They had gathered … Read More

Flooding and Food Safety: What to Do When Fields Flood

August 15, 2018Blog

Illana Margulis from Levity Farms in Atlanta, Ga., uses her phone’s digital assistant tool to remind her to turn off the farm’s irrigation. Technology can be a useful tool in preventing accidental irrigation pooling. In June, Michelle Danyluk, a professor of food microbiology and safety at the University of Florida, hosted a food safety roundtable … Read More

Georgia Farmers Chat Food Safety

August 6, 2018Blog

By Billy Mitchell, FSMA Training Coordinator Billy Mitchell is the FSMA Training Coordinator for National Farmers Union and one of the newest members of the Local Food Safety Collaborative team. As Training Coordinator, Mitchell travels across the country helping farmers and processors learn about FSMA and what they can do to increase food safety on … Read More

FDA Adds More States to State Cooperative Agreement Program (State CAP)

July 25, 2018Blog

By Chelsea Matzen,  FSMA Project Director  On July 12, 2018, the FDA announced that it is expanding the State Produce Implementation Cooperative Agreement Program for the upcoming fiscal year, bringing the total number of states receiving funding to 46, plus one territory. Added states and territory include: American Samoa, Hawaii, Kentucky, and Mississippi. Also known … Read More

Vegetable Growers Get Ready to Meet New Food Safety Rule

July 19, 2018Blog

This article originally appeared in the March/April 2018 edition of Organic Broadcaster.  By Bailey Webster If you’re a veggie farmer, you know it’s coming. Whether you’re the proactive type or the bury-your-head-in-the-sand type, the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule is likely to affect you in the near future. The good news … Read More

What the Harmonized GAP FSMA Alignment Means for Growers

June 13, 2018Blog

By Chelsea Matzen, FSMA Project Director On June 5, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., and U.S Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a joint effort to simplify produce safety requirements for farmers by aligning the USDA Harmonized Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Audit Program with the requirements of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA’s) Produce … Read More