What is a Soil Amendment and What are the Risks Associated with Soil Amendments?

What Is a Soil Amendment?  Soil amendments are any agents, whether chemical, biological, or physical, purposefully added to soil to improve plant growth and development. Commonly used soil amendments include elemental fertilizers, compost, manure, animal byproducts, peat moss, perlite, pre-consumer vegetative waste, sewage sludge biosolids, table waste, agricultural tea, and yard trimmings. Biological soil amendments…

What are Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls (HARPC) for Farms?

Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls (HARPCs) comprise the bulk of regulations imposed under the FSMA Preventive Controls Rule. Facilities subject to HARPC requirements must create a food safety plan, administered by a “preventive controls qualified individual,” or PCQI. Preventive Controls Qualified Individual: a qualified individual who has successfully completed training in the development and application of risk-based preventive controls at least equivalent…

Maryland Resources for Good Agricultural and Handling Practices (GAP/GHP)

Maryland Good Agricultural and Handling Practices (GAP/GHP) Good Agricultural and Handling Practices are sets of standards developed to protect consumers and producers from food contamination. Many states have developed their own sets of practices, and these protocols are different for different farms. While optional for farms, many produce buyers require GAP/GHP implementation. These practices create…