Food Safety Outreach Program

The Food Safety Outreach Program will complement and expand the national infrastructure of the National Food Safety Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Competitive Grants Program. The Food Safety Outreach Program will build upon that national infrastructure, with a sustained focus on delivery of customized training to members of the target audiences. Awardees will develop and implement food safety training, education, extension, outreach and technical assistance projects that address the needs of owners and operators of small to mid-sized farms, beginning farmers, socially-disadvantaged farmers, small processors, or small fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers. Grant applications will be solicited directly from those in local communities to include those from community-based organizations, non-governmental organizations, food hubs, farm cooperatives, extension, and other local groups. Continue reading

Solicitation of Input From Stakeholders Regarding the Food Safety Outreach Program

A Federal Register Notice entitled “Solicitation of Input From Stakeholders Regarding the Food Safety Outreach Program” was recently published in the Federal Register on December 12, 2016.

As part of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA) strategy to successfully expand the Food Safety Outreach Program, NIFA will host a virtual listening session. The focus of the listening session is to gather stakeholder input to develop the priorities for the Request for Applications (RFA) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. NIFA is particularly interested in reaching the intended audience, achieving the most impact, and identifying suggested priorities in the third year of the Food Safety Outreach Program.

The comment period ends on January 31, 2017.

Opportunity for food safety outreach grants

This grant is directed at smaller organizations, but if any of you work with people in local communities, please tell them about this grant.

In FY 2015, NIFA and FDA began funding an infrastructure of National and Regional Centers to extend food safety education, training, and technical assistance to specific audiences affected by new guidelines established under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) (7 U.S.C. 7625), specifically small and medium sized farms, beginning farmers, socially disadvantaged farmers, small processors, or small fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers. In FY 2016, the Food Safety Outreach Program at NIFA will build upon the national infrastructure, with a focus on delivery of customized training to very specific target audiences. To this end, grant applications will be solicited directly from those in local communities – to include those from community-based organizations, non-governmental organizations, food hubs, farm cooperatives, extension, and other local groups. Because the size and capabilities of applicants will vary widely, this Request for Applications (RFA) will solicit proposals for three project types: 1) Pilot Projects (awards not to exceed $50,000); 2) Community Outreach Projects (awards not to exceed $150,000); and 3) Multistate Education and Training Projects (awards not to exceed $400,000). Continue reading