FDA Down on the Farm

Business Management

Friday, February 3

 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


The Food and Drug Administration and state agencies have new powers to regulate food safety on farms, thanks to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Regulations under FSMA start taking effect as soon as January 2018, and farms are facing increased costs and paperwork as a result. This interactive session will help farmers understand which portions of the law apply to them, whether their value-added processing activities are covered by the law, how they can structure their operations to limit the financial impact of the rules, and how to leverage their organic management practices to minimize costs and compliance burdens. Organic producers may actually have advantages in meeting the regulations! The presenters have worked with small-, medium- and large-scale diversified and organic farms to develop innovative solutions for implementing food safety programs at minimal costs, and bring extensive legal and food safety management expertise.

Nate analyzes policy issues facing organic crop and livestock producers. Roland McReynolds is an attorney and leads the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association's food safety advocacy, training and research programs. 

Speakers: Nate Lewis, Sr. Crops and Livestock Specialist, Organic Trade Association; Roland McReynolds, Executive Director, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association; additional speakers TBA