Ag Agency awarded $500,000 to develop produce safety program

first_imgVermont Busness Magazine On September 9, 2016, the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) awarded the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets $500,000 to develop a Vermont State Produce Safety Program. The award will support Vermont in its collaboration with FDA to cooperatively implement the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. The $500,000 is the first award of a planned five-year, $3.625 million investment in Vermont’s program by FDA, pending congressional budget allocation.This award will allow the Vermont Agency of Agriculture to prepare a multi-year plan for a comprehensive produce safety program; establish a Vermont produce farm inventory; develop a strategy for outreach, education, and technical assistance to all Vermont farms that grow covered produce; and develop an inspectional program for farms that must comply with the rule. The Agency will work closely with local organizations, such as the Vermont Farm Bureau, University of Vermont Extension, and other state agencies throughout the Northeast on program development and implementation of outreach, education and technical assistance. “Vermont’s fruit and vegetable growers are an essential part of our local agricultural economy,” said Governor Peter Shumlin. “These funds will enable Vermont to build a produce safety program that protects consumer health, while also addressing the needs of our local, small-scale producers.”In addition to this award, Vermont has been selected as a pilot state to assess producer readiness for compliance with the Produce Safety Rule through an on-farm readiness review program that will provide education and technical assistance to growers beginning during the 2017 growing season. “Vermont Farm Bureau looks forward to working with Vermont Agency of Agriculture on FSMA rule implementation,” said Vermont Farm Bureau President Joe Tisbert and owner/operator of Valley Dream Farm in Cambridge, Vermont. “We commend FDA for choosing Vermont as one of the pilot states for developing on-farm education and technical assistance to help producers comply with the Produce Safety Rule.”The Vermont Agency of Agriculture and Secretary Chuck Ross have played key roles in the development of the final FSMA Produce Safety Rule and FDA’s approach to educating before and while regulating. This ongoing effort to order to ensure an implementation strategy that is feasible for small-scale diversified agriculture in Vermont and New England reflects the Agency’s commitment to protecting the Vermont brand and its reputation for quality.“FSMA represents an important nationwide investment in food safety,” said Secretary of Agriculture, Chuck Ross. “My agency colleagues and I have worked closely with the FDA since 2011 to ensure that these new food safety rules are not only effective in reducing foodborne illness, but can also be realistically and successfully implemented by diversified and small-scale producers, like many of the farms throughout Vermont and New England. This initial award will allow us to begin building a comprehensive produce safety program that meets the needs of Vermont producers and prioritizes education before and during regulation.” The FSMA Produce Safety Rule was finalized in November 2015 and impacts farms and other businesses that grow, harvest, pack, or hold fresh produce. Larger growers will need to comply with the rule in 2018, while smaller growers have additional time to come into compliance.FDA awarded a total of $21.8 million to 42 states in Federal fiscal year 2016 to begin implementing the Produce Safety Rule. Vermont will receive the maximum amount for which it could apply based on the number of farms growing fresh fruits and vegetables covered by the rule. To view FDA’s news release for the award, visit http://go.usa.gov/xKeuH(link is external).For more information about FSMA and Produce Safety in Vermont, please visit:  http://go.usa.gov/xKeu6(link is external) and http://go.usa.gov/xKeuF(link is external) (case sensitive URLs).Source: Vermont Agency of Agriculture. 10.3.2016. The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets facilitates, supports and encourages the growth and viability of agriculture in Vermont while protecting the working landscape, human health, animal health, plant health, consumers and the environment. www.Agriculture.Vermont.Gov(link is external)last_img read more

A competition has been announced for the selection of a new concept and creative solution for the CNTB’s fair appearances

first_imgThe Croatian National Tourist Board (CNTB) is starting to choose a new concept and creative solution for participating in fairs for the period from 2018 to 2022.The selection will be carried out with the help of the Croatian Design Society (HDD), which will conduct a public tender, and applications will be received at [email protected] with the title “CNTB Tender” until July 3, 2017 by 17.00:50.000 p.m. The decision on the three best solutions is made by the jury consisting of four members of the HDD and three members of the CNTB. For these best solutions, three cash prizes are awarded in gross amounts: HRK 30.000, HRK 25.000 and HRK XNUMX, while the award does not imply automatic performance of the awarded work but is a recommendation for the adoption of the first prize. The final decision on the winning solution will be made by a special Commission of the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian Tourist Board.The bidder, whose work will be selected for implementation, undertakes to prepare technical documentation for the development of the selected solution, on the basis of which an international tender for a technical contractor will be conducted. The new booth concept is planned to be used for the next five years for the period 2018-2022. The last competition for the creative solution of the stand was conducted in 2011 and the selected concept was used for a period of four years. Since the WTM fair in London in 2015, most of the same elements of the stand have been used, which have been partially refined, and the concept of performance has changed. Thus, the emphasis was placed on the open concept of the stand and the concept of visuals on the existing surfaces was changed on the occasion of the new Full of Life concept, the CNTB points out, and now the intention is to reach the highest quality renowned participants solution according to design experts.Photo: HTZ”Today, Croatia is one of the most sought-after tourist countries in Europe and the world, and according to the announcements from this year’s tourist fairs – a hit destination in 2017. Such a great interest in Croatia must be accompanied by an appropriate modern visual concept that will present our country among tourists from all over the world as a unique, different and interesting destination, which we certainly are. Continuous growth of quality in all segments is an imperative for the growth of tourism competitiveness of the Republic of Croatia, and the investment in the quality of visual identity, ie building the image of our country, certainly has its contribution in that.”, Commented the Minister of Tourism Gary Cappelli.All interested authors and teams can attend the oral briefing, which will be held on Friday, May 26, starting at 10 am in HDD, Boškovićeva 18. The text of the competition is published on the website of the Croatian National Tourist Board and the Croatian Design Society.Side dish: Competition for a new concept and creative solutions for fair appearances of the Croatian National Tourist Boardlast_img read more