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Editor’s note: This column by Ben Chapman was originally posted on BarfBlog.com and is reposted here with permission. I never met Dave Theno. I saw him speak a few times at IAFP (International Association for Food Protection), and other places; he had a fantastic story to tell. He had the experience of cleaning up after… Continue Reading

USDA’s Merrigan: No One Gets a Pass on Food Safety

Deputy Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan touched on the importance of food safety in the growing regional and local food movement during the U.S. Department of Agriculture Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food event at the White House on Monday. “No one gets a pass on food safety, in my mind, I don’t care if you’re… Continue Reading

USDA Unveils Online Tool to Help Farmers With Food Safety

During the heated debate last year over the newly enacted Food Safety Modernization Act, small farmers were loud and clear with their concerns about burdensome food safety regulations. Farmers across the country, along with sustainable agriculture interest groups, even managed to beat out large ag interests and win certain exemptions from new food safety rules,… Continue Reading

Creating a Food Safety Plan for Local Growers

The popularity of farmers markets and direct farm-to-market sales, such as Community Supported Agriculture, is growing nationwide. The mission of the “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” program through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is to “strengthen local and regional food systems.” It’s working. According to the USDA, the numbers of farmers markets across… Continue Reading