Who Is Eligible?
This program will help North Carolina growers with financial support in obtaining a third party audit to verify they are following effective food safety practices.
What Activities Are Eligible?
This is a cost share program designed to assist fruit and vegetable growers with the cost of a GAP/GHP audit. Funds are available on a first come first served basis until the funds are depleted. If you have received 3 or more GAP audits using this certification assistance program you are no longer eligible to receive assistance. Applications must be submitted for approval to participate in this program to the NCDA&CS prior to receiving the GAP/GHP audit.
The NCDA&CS will pay up to $900 of the cost of having a third-party audit to verify a farm’s food safety program for first time users; $300 for those who have previously participated in the program. Funds will be paid to the auditor conducting the GAP/GHP audit to reduce the cost to the farmer by up to $900/$300. Participating farmers will be responsible for paying the auditor for any balance due above $900/$300. Payments are limited up to $900 per farm or company for audits conducted in 2018.
Additional information about this grant and an application can be found here: http://www.ncagr.gov/markets/NCgradesvc/index.htm
If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Hardison at 919-707-3123 or Kevin.Hardison@ncagr.gov.