Tennessee farmers in search of to develop their markets and enhance meals security by turning into Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) licensed can obtain monetary help from the Tennessee Division of Agriculture (TDA).
Reaching certification permits producers to extend their revenue by promoting to extra companies, and the certification helps to make sure meals bought to prospects is protected. GAP focuses on strategies to confirm that fruit and veggies are produced, packed, dealt with, and saved within the most secure method attainable to attenuate meals security dangers.
“Tennessee farmers work exhausting to supply a protected, plentiful meals provide,” Commissioner Charlie Hatcher, D.V.M. stated. “Granting the chance to offset the price of the GAP inspection is a method we will help extra specialty crop producers change into licensed and entry extra markets.”
There are alternatives for a lot of agricultural merchandise and the checklist of eligible crops is extraordinarily different—from herbs to honey, bedding crops to chop flowers, and from timber to shrubs. Certified producers may have the chance to offset the price of a GAP Certification inspection by being reimbursed 75% of the inspection value as much as $1,500.
The appliance interval is open via Sept. 29, 2021. Funds can be found on a first-come, first-served foundation. The fee share program is just for producers; warehouses and wholesale distributors usually are not eligible. Funding for the GAP value share program is made attainable by the U.S. Division of Agriculture’s Agricultural Advertising and marketing Providers Specialty Crop Block Grant program.