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GAP Cost-share Grants Available for Iowa Growers
Posted: February 13, 2013
Iowa fruit and vegetable farmers can apply for a cost-share grant to assist with the costs of independent food safety certification of an operationís good agricultural practices (GAPs).
The program is available through the Northeast Iowa Food & Farm (NIFF) Coalition with support from an Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) Specialty Crop Block Grant. The program is available to any Iowa grower.
To be eligible, growers must have a third-party audit from an approved government agency or company that verifies GAP or GHP efforts, the audit must be conducted in 2013 or 2014 and the grower must submit an application to participate in the program prior to the audit. The audit can be for farm review, field harvest and field packing activities, packing house facility, storage and transportation, and trace back. Qualified applicants may receive up to a maximum of $450 per year to cover the costs of one successful audit.
A business/individual is eligible to apply for reimbursement as soon as their GAP audit has been approved. Applicants must fully complete the necessary application and be able to show verification of audit approval. Qualified applicants may only receive funding for one successful audit per calendar year. Reimbursements will not be given for costs associated with a failed audit.
Applications are accepted and approved on a first-come, first-serve basis. Reimbursements will cover all costs associated with one successful GAP or GHP audit, up to a maximum of $450. Costs exceeding $450 are not eligible for reimbursement. In the event of limited funds available, preference will be given to complete applications received with the earliest approval date. The final deadline for receiving applications for the 2013 cost-share program is December 31, 2013.
Participation in GAP and GHP audit programs are voluntary. The cost share program is designed to help defray some of the costs related to a successful audit. USDA audits for Iowa produce farms have ranged in price from $525 to $1200.
For more information about on-farm food safety or GAP certification, contact Teresa Wiemerslage at email@example.com or 563-794-0599.
Download the application here