Who? All Vermont farmers who grow, harvest, pack, or hold fresh produce—even if primarily engaged in another type of farming—should take this survey. What? The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) designed this survey to help farmers determine if they will be impacted by FDA’s Produce Safety Rule, understand their requirements under the rule, and learn about compliance timelines. The Produce Safety Rule, a rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), will be finalized in October 2015 and implemented over the next 2 to 5 years.
Why? Information collected through this survey will help VAAFM understand how farms in Vermont will be impacted by the Produce Safety Rule and better assist farmers in preparing for implementation of the rule.
How? In order to complete this survey, you will need estimates of your farm, business, or organization's annual sales of (a) produce and (b) all food—including animal feed. You will also need general knowledge of your farm, business, or organization’s food safety practices.
This survey will take approximately 8-10 minutes to complete and is divided into two sections. Section I will help to determine whether you may be subject to Produce Safety Rule, and Section II asks about your farm's food safety practices and certifications so that we may better understand how market demand for produce safety impacts farms in Vermont.