On Farm Readiness Reviews

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture is offering a pilot program to large produce farms in an effort to help those farms get in compliance before the Food Safety Modernization Act goes into effect next year.

NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler  says North Carolina is among a handful of sates that are piloting this program of on-farm readiness reviews.  This is a voluntary and non-regulatory program that can provide valuable information to farmers.

The goal is to provide farmers with information they need so they can comply with FSMA, which large farms will be required to follow beginning next year, and small farms some time later.

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.