Maine Produce Safety Improvement Grant

Due to the storm on Monday, December 18 we will extend the deadline to January 1st.

Please note that the MOFGA offices will be closed December 23 - January 1st.

Maine Produce Safety Improvement Grants (MPSIG) help specialty crop growers i.e, growers of fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture but excluding commodity crops) to:

  • Implement on-farm food safety practices;
  • Transition to compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule (PSR);
  • Meet market demands for on-farm food safety.

Eligibility:

Proposed projects are restricted to improving the food safety of specialty crops. We will be awarding grants up to $10,000 to 15 farms. Prior awardees are not eligible.

Allowed Project Investments:

  • Plastic Harvest Totes
  • Stainless Steel Handwashing Sinks
  • Small Greens Bubblers 
  • Salad Spinners
  • Stainless Steel Tables and Carts

Important Dates:

  • October 31
    Application available, apply below!
  • December 20 (Extension to January 1st due to storm)
    Application deadline, apply below!
  • December 20 – January 20
    Grant Review Process
  • March 1
    For grant recipients – SOP’s for new project investments due.
  • Monday, March 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
    Grant recipient participation in required Produce Safety Alliance Course with Robson Machado.

Need more information? Connect with Anna Mueller, [email protected], (207) 568-6017. 

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