Everyone has a role in ensuring safe food from field to fork. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is the first major overhaul of our nation’s food safety practices since 1938, and it includes new regulations for produce farms and for facilities that process food for people to eat. It represents some big changes to [...]
I hope everyone is having a great 2013 season! This is just a reminder that if your farmers’ market or in some cases farm market is new to accepting SNAP, there are federal dollars available to help with the cost of the terminal, etc. If you were approved by USDA FNS on or after November [...]
WOOSTER, Ohio — A listening session is scheduled for April 30 to hear comments and concerns about the U.S Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) proposed new food safety rules for fresh produce.
The session will be 1 to 4 p.m. in the Shisler Conference Center on the Wooster campus of Ohio State University’s Ohio Agricultural [...]
How Farmers Markets Dodged a Regulatory Bullet in Pennsylvania – Reason.com.
The new program provides an opportunity for state-inspected meat and poultry processors to ship their products across state lines, helping these small businesses access new markets.
Before, state-inspected meat facilities like these were limited to selling their products within the state. This new program ensures that they meet federal food safety standards, which will be [...]
As you know, producers are responding to skyrocketing demand for local food by increasing production, creating new markets, and launching new businesses. Locally marketed foods accounted for an estimated $4.8 billion in gross sales in 2008, whilethe number of farmers markets nationwide jumped 17 percent in 2011. Despite these growing opportunities, producers face significant infrastructure, [...]
Department of Agriculture Announces Meat Processor License Suspension Facility in Strasburg no longer permitted to process, sell meat REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (February 10, 2012) – The Ohio Department of Agriculture has suspended the processing license of Olde Strasburg Meats located at 1317 N. Wooster Ave. in Strasburg, Ohio. The establishment’s license, ODA Est. #21, was suspended [...]
An update from FMC, for farmers’ markets that accept SNAP:
Earlier this year, IRS issued a final rule on “Information Reporting Requirements Payments Made in Settlement of Payment Cards and Third Party Network Transactions” (6050W for short). Many of you have been eagerly awaiting a final word regarding the reporting obligations of markets operating scrip [...]
The USDA is currently collecting nominations for the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee. [...]
A few short weeks ago, the Farmers Market Coalition became aware of a new Final Rule related to IRS reporting requirements for electronic transactions. This regulation, ‘Information Reporting for Payments Made in Settlement of Payment Card and Third Party Network Transactions,’ (6050W, for short) requires that all payments, including EBT, debit, and credit sales, be [...]