UDAF/USU Extension – On Farm Readiness Review
An On Farm Readiness Review is an educational opportunity intended to walk producers through what an actual inspection on their farm may look like, before a real inspection is conducted.
This review will allow you to walk through your operation, step-by-step, and see what you’re doing right, what you need to improve and problem-solve with trained professionals about how to inexpensively change if necessary to meet the new food safety requirements. This is a confidential service, so what happens on the farm stays on the farm. Best of all, it is no cost to growers.
A key starting point to doing the On Farm Readiness Review is attending the Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training. This is a one-day course offered by Utah State University Extension and UDAF. This course introduces the key concepts about food safety that the rule regulates. After attending this course, you will receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials.
Once the training is complete, contact the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food about scheduling a visit. On Farm Readiness Team will walk your through a series of questions to determine your readiness. Likely, after the review, you may have some things to do. If you feel it’s needed, a follow-up visit can be scheduled to look at changes made or get more information about a particularly challenging issue. After the review, you can have confidence you are ready for an inspection, should it occur.
If you have specific questions about the On Farm Readiness Review or have difficulty tailoring GAPs to your farm, contact Dave Basinger at firstname.lastname@example.org or 435-636-3234.