The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) said the application date for the $2.3m funding is June 29.
The program was jointly developed with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which will support additional regional centers through separate funding, which will be revealed in a few weeks.
It will award grants to establish one national coordination center and four regional ones.
“Outreach, education and technical assistance are essential to ensuring that farmers, processors, and wholesalers can meet FSMA requirements,” said Sonny Ramaswamy, NIFA director.
The National Food Safety Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Grant Program will fund regional centers to facilitate work across their areas to increase understanding and adoption of established food safety standards, guidance, and protocols.
It will address the needs of small and medium-sized farms, beginning farmers, socially disadvantaged farmers, small processors, and small fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers.
NIFA is issuing the request for applications for two regional centers, one in the Southern Region and one in the Western Region.
FDA will do the same to set up two regional centers in the North Central the Northeast regions. In January, the agency made a funding announcement to create the national coordination center.