Federal grants aim to increase food security through science training in United States

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Veteran farmers and small-scale food producers are among the food producers who can benefit from special food safety training funded by $ 10 million in new grants from the US Department of Agriculture.

Through the grants, administered by the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), producers, ranchers and other small and medium-sized farms will have access to training, technical assistance and other tools to help them meet the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act. from 2011.

A total of 21 grants across the country will be designed to help beginning farmers, socially disadvantaged farmers, seasoned farmers and small merchant wholesalers.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 48 million people in this country get sick from foodborne illnesses each year. Education and awareness are essential to ensure the security of our food supply from field to table, ”NIFA Director Carrie Castille said in the grant announcement.

“NIFS’s integrated approach to improving food safety practices includes multi-state coordination, community outreach and collaborative projects that enable small-scale processors to get the support they need,” said she declared.

“This program helps provide essential training and resources that give our small business owners the tools to provide safe, high-quality food, strengthen their businesses, and contribute to national nutrition security. “

The Food Safety Outreach Competitive Grant Program awards grants in three categories: multi-state education and training projects; community awareness projects; and collaborative engagement supplements. In the federal fiscal year 2021, NiFA awarded 13 collaborative education and training project awards, four community outreach project awards, and four regional entrance awards.

Here are the projects funded by grants for this fiscal year.

Title Initial
Award year
Grant year Prop No Investigator Institution Seen
PHASE II FSMA EXPERIMENTAL LEARNING PROGRAM FOR SOCIALLY DISADVANTAGED FARMERS IN RURAL ALABAMA, GEORGIA AND MISSISSIPPI 2021 2021 2021-05763 Chaverest, E. ALABAMA A&M UNIVERSITY
NORMAL, ALABAMA
CREATE A FOOD SECURITY TRAINING PROGRAM TO EMPOWER DISADVANTAGED PRODUCERS IN ALABAMA 2021 2021 2021-05761 Hall, J. AUBURN UNIVERSITY
AUBURN, ALABAMA
SOUTH REGIONAL CENTER FOR FOOD SECURITY TRAINING, AWARENESS AND REGIONAL COORDINATION CENTER 2021 2021 2021-05641 Schneider, KR UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA
MEETING THE EDUCATIONAL NEEDS OF ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLAND CULTIVATORS (AAPI) FOR SURE FRUIT AND VEGETABLE PRODUCTION AT HI & CA 2021 2021 2021-05652 Salaries, SA HAWA UNIV
HONOLULU HAWAII
FOOD SECURITY COLLABORATIVE EDUCATION AND TRAINING FOR Deaf and hard of hearing farmers in the North West Pacific 2021 2021 2021-05650 Ryû, D. IDAHO UNIV
MOSCOW, IDAHO
DEVELOP AN ACTIVE LEARNING AWARENESS PROGRAM TO SUPPORT SMALL AND VERY SMALL DRIED FRUIT PROCESSORS FOOD SECURITY MANAGEMENT 2021 2021 2021-05764 Feng, Y. PURDUE UNIVERSITY
LAFAYETTE WEST, INDIANA
ENSURING THE COMPETENCE OF PRODUCERS AND PROCESSORS IN FOOD SECURITY IN THE NCR THROUGH BROAD COLLABORATION WITH DIVERSIFIED POPULATIONS 2021 2021 2021-05667 Shaw, AM IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY
AMES, IOWA
GOOD START FOR FARM FOOD SAFETY – FARM FOOD SAFETY PLANNING FOR SMALL AND MEDIUM FARMS 2021 2021 2021-05610 Machado, R. UNIVERSITY OF MAINE
ORONE, MAINE
TRAIN: TARGETED RESOURCES MEETING IDENTIFIED NEEDS IN TRAINING WORKERS IN FOOD SECURITY IN MARYLAND VIA FARM CONTROL OF A MIXED MEDIA TOOLKIT 2021 2021 2021-05651 Henley, S. UNIV OF MARYLAND
COLLEGE PARC, MARYLAND
TRAIN BEGINNING, IMMIGRANT AND ORGANIC SPECIALTY PRODUCERS IN FSMA COMPLIANCE TO ACCESS WHOLESALE AND INSTITUTIONAL MARKETS 2021 2021 2021-05646 Hashley, J. TUFTS UNIVERSITY
N. GRAFTON, MASSACHUSETTS
PRACTITIONER PROGRAM IN SANITATION CONTROL (SCPP) – THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN EDUCATIONAL SANITATION PROGRAM FOR SMALL PROCESSORS 2021 2021 2021-05644 Kinchla, AJ UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS
AMHERST, MASSACHUSETTS
CUSTOMIZING CURRENT GOOD MANUFACTURING PRACTICES TRAINING AND EDUCATION FOR SMALL AND VERY SMALL FOOD FACILITIES IN THE UNITED STATES 2021 2021 2021-05759 Chaves Elizondo, B. UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
LINCOLN, NEBRASKA
INCREASE CULTURE, COLLABORATION AND CAPACITY OF FARMER-TO-FARMER TRAINING IN FOOD SECURITY 2021 2021 2021-05645 Dominguez, C. La Semilla Food Center
Anthony, NEW MEXICO
ITIPS: INTERACTIVE TOOLS TO IMPROVE FOOD SECURITY PRACTICE 2021 2021 2021-05654 Flores, N. NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY
LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO
IMPROVING THE ACCESSIBILITY OF FOOD SECURITY RESOURCES FOR FARMERS AND SMALL FOOD PROCESSORS IN NORTHWEST NEW MEXICO 2021 2021 2021-05769 Reyes, L. SAN JUAN COLLEGE
FARMINGTON, NEW MEXICO
MULTIMODAL DAIRY FOOD SECURITY PLAN EDUCATION TO SUPPORT SMALL AND MEDIUM DAIRY PRODUCERS 2021 2021 2021-05658 Alcaine, S. CORNELL UNIVERSITY
ITHAQUE, NEW YORK
DIVERSIFIED FIRM FSMA TRAINING INITIATIVE 2021 2021 2021-05659 Mc Swain, K. CAROLINE FARM STEWARDSHIP ASSOCIATION
PITTSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA
WEST REGIONAL CENTER FOR IMPROVING FOOD SECURITY: PROMOTING COLLABORATION THROUGH CONTINUOUS FOOD SECURITY EDUCATION AND STAKEHOLDER SUPPORT 2021 2021 2021-05670 Kovacevic, J. OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY
CORVALLIS, Oregon
FILLING THE GAPS: EDUCATION IN FOOD SECURITY AND AWARENESS OF THE MOUS COMMUNITIES SERVED OF THE LOW VALLEY OF RIO GRANDE 2021 2021 2021-05668 Yemmireddy, VK UNIVERSITY OF AMERICAN TEXAS-PAN
EDINBURGH, TEXAS
NORTHEAST CENTER FOR THE PROMOTION OF FOOD SECURITY (NECAFS) 2021 2021 2021-05640 Newbold, EJ UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT
BURLINGTON, VERMONT
INTERTRIBAL TRAINING IN PRODUCT AND FOOD SAFETY FOR FARM-GROWN AND TRADITIONAL FOODS 2021 2021 2021-05762 Mears, J. ADVISORY BOARD FOR THE TRIBAL CONSERVATION OF WISCONSIN, INC.
ONEIDA, WISCONSIN

About NIFA: The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture invests in and advances agricultural research, education, and extension services across the country to make transformative discoveries that solve societal challenges. NIFA supports initiatives that ensure the long-term sustainability of agriculture and applies an integrated approach to ensure that revolutionary discoveries in agriculture-related science and technology reach people who can put them into practice. In the 2020 federal fiscal year, NIFA’s total investment was $ 1.95 billion.

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