FSMA Produce Rule – Then and Now

From compliance deadline extensions to the development of employee training programs, a lot has happened since the release of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in 20111. Farmers and growers have been hard at work in attempts to meet the specifications of the lengthy list of food safety regulations that make up FSMA.   The…

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…

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…